Hurricane season which officially runs from June 1st through November 30th can be devastating to both your roof and home. With hurricane season fast approaching it is important to be prepared. The following 6 tips will help prepare your roof for hurricane season.
Tips to Prepare Your Roof for Hurricane Season
Get an Inspection: Annual roof inspections by a reputable roofer are a must. Schedule your inspection prior to hurricane season to ensure there are no issues dealing with storm season. At a minimum the roofer should inspect the roof’s flashings, membrane, downspouts, and mounted equipment.
Trim nearby Trees: Overhanging tree branches and even full trees can fall victim to high wind and seriously damage your roof. It is important to trim back on dead or oversized trees or branches, so they do not end up on your roof during a hurricane.
Use Tie-Downs if Necessary: Roof tie-downs, sometimes referred to as hurricane straps, can help save your roof during a hurricane. While a not needed for every roof, a reputable roofer can advise you whether tie-downs are necessary for your roof.
Clear Gutters and Drains: Prior to hurricane season it is vital that you check your gutters and drains to make sure they are debris-free, and water can flow smoothly through. Blockages can lead to water buildup which can eventually end up in your home.
Conduct Regular Maintenance: Being proactive and conducting regular maintenance will help prepare your roof for hurricane season. It is important to address minor issues before they become major problems.
Keep Current with Insurance and Warranties: The aftermath of a hurricane can be hectic and stressful. In order to be better prepared keep the following items in a secure location with easy access: warranty information, insurance documents, photos of your roof before the storm, and contact information for contractors and your insurance agent.
While hurricane season is inevitable, the above 6 tips will help you proactively protect your roof and home. If you need to have your roof inspected or are in need of roof repairs, our team at Crown are here to help. The professionals at Crown have years of experience maintaining and repairing residential and commercial roofs. Crown handles all types of roofing systems from tile, shingle, slate and metal. There is no job that is too small and no task that is too big. Crown has offices across Central, South and Southwest Florida. Contact us today for a free estimate.
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