Hurricane season begins June 1st this year. As Floridians we practically live in a tropical paradise so we are clearly no strangers to hurricanes. And since severe weather can really take a toll on a home, especially a roof, it is very important to invest in a high-quality roofing company and take the necessary precautions for maintaining it. As the season approaches so many homeowners focus on window coverings, sand bags and storage areas for flying debris so much so that their roof tends to become and afterthought. This can be very risky as a secure roof truly is essential to the health of your home. And it can become essential to your own health and safety, especially in the event that you decide to ride out the storm. There are many ways you can prepare your roof to ensure maximum protection for the hurricane season to come. Here are a few guidelines to ensure your home is fully equipped and ready for the upcoming hurricane season.
TREE TRIMMING IS A MUST. Tree limbs hanging near, over or atop your roof can be threatening. During the strong winds of a hurricane, tree branches begin to thrash about and can even snap off potentially penetrating your roof. Even a slight impact resulting in roof abrasion can cause damage. A tree limb lodged into your roof can cause significant damage during the intense rainfall of a storm. Water can seep into your home at a devastating degree.
ROOF CLEANING. Ensure that all trash and debris have been properly removed from your roof to prevent water backup in the event of heavy rainfall.
BRACING YOUR ROOF FOR IMPACT. Consider installing “hurricane straps” to help brace your roof during severe storms. These add an extra layer of protection, biding your roof to the walls.
CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS. As busy as life becomes, it is easy to neglect your gutters. You will need to keep an eye on your drainage system during storm season. Keep them clean of debris and inspect downspouts often, ensuring the gutters are clear. This allows water to flow better, making sure to avoid any potential backup during heavy rainfall.
COVERING DORMER WINDOWS ON STEEP ROOFS. Attempting to cover dormer windows can be dangerous but are a much needed essential in hurricane preparation, so be sure to call in a professional to assist with such a hazardous task.
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST...HAVE A FULL ROOF INSPECTION. Be sure to get your roof thoroughly inspected by a qualified roofing contractor. A qualified roofing contractor has the knowledge and expertise to find any weak areas on your roof, loose shingles, or other concerns that may need to be addressed prior to severe weather. Ask for a detailed report including pictures of your roof, your roof life expectancy, and an estimate for any repairs needed to insure your roof is hurricane ready.