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Travelers Recommends Homeowners Look to the Roof This Fall

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Wind, hail and damage caused by rain entering a building are among the most common causes of property damage for Travelers (NYSE: TRV) home insurance customers. To help protect homeowner property and belongings, Travelers recommends focusing on the roof, which is especially vulnerable to inclement weather conditions.

“Many types of severe weather can put added stress on roofs, from high-speed winds ripping off shingles, heavy debris and ice getting caught in gutters, to the weight of excess snow,” said Jim Gustin, Senior Property Specialist, Risk Control, Travelers. “As we gear up for fall, there’s no better time to inspect roofs for damage, make any necessary repairs and clean the gutters to help prevent some of the most common causes of damage that occur.”

Besides wind, hail, snow and ice, other hazards that can contribute to roof damage include fallen tree limbs and general lack of maintenance and care. It is important to perform regular upkeep on roofs, including shingle replacement, as needed. A strong roof can help prevent wind damage that can affect internal structures and can also keep water from leaking into homes and causing rot and other damage.

To help ensure your roof is in good condition and prevent potential damage, Travelers recommends taking the following steps:

  • Trim trees and remove dead branches so they do not damage your home or injure someone if they fall because of wind, ice or snow.
  • Check for damage to your roof, and clean gutters and downspouts to keep debris from accumulating. This is especially important during the fall season to keep leaves from building up in gutters.
  • Consider impact-resistant roofing material if you live in a hail-prone area and are planning to build or replace the roof on your home.
  • Add extra insulation in the attic to guard against ice dams. If too much heat escapes, it can melt the ice and snow on the roof. When it refreezes, it can cause an ice dam, which can lead to water damage inside your home.
  • Check the flashing on the roof to make sure it is in good condition to help prevent water penetration.
  • Inspect your roof regularly for maintenance issues that could make it more susceptible to hail and other damage, including surface bubbles and areas with missing gravel on flat roofs, or missing or damaged shingles or tiles on sloped roofs.

To help consumers stay safe and prepare for impending weather events, Travelers is working with Weather Services International, a professional division of the Weather Company, to provide tailored weather alerts. This free service allows anyone to receive weather alerts via text message or e-mail, and those registered have the ability to add up to five different locations or phone numbers to their account for weather tracking.

For more information on general fall maintenance or how to help protect your home from hail or wind, please visit www.Travelers.com/prepare-prevent.

About Travelers
The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is a leading provider of property casualty insurance for auto, home and business. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Travelers has approximately 30,000 employees and generated revenues of approximately $26 billion in 2013. For more information, visit www.travelers.com.

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