8 Ways To Ensure Your Roof Is Protected This Hurricane Season
With the weather rapidly warming up here in the Palm Beach County and Martin County area, it means that hurricane season is almost upon us. Hurricane season runs June 1 through November 30, and while the last couple of years have been somewhat kind to us, it's inevitable that another major storm is right around the corner. It's only a matter of time before we have another destructive storm system come through the area with the potential to cause a great deal of damage. There is no surface on the exterior of your home that gets put under the type of strain your home's roof is under, especially in the event of a hurricane with roof damage being one of the most common insurance claims. In an effort to keep your roof protected this hurricane season, our team of roofing repair professionals have taken the time to put together a short, handy list of tips that you can follow to make sure your roof is prepared
Check Your Attic
Before hurricane season comes around, it is a good idea to take a walk-through of your attic to inspect the ventilation and look for any loose or compromised areas such as your eaves, soffits, and gable vents. In addition, you can take this opportunity to look for signs of previous water intrusion, like stains, damp wood, peeling paint, moist insulation, or even mold. Any issues in your attic need to be taken care of promptly to ensure that the heavy rains that come with a hurricane don't find their way into your attic and cause additional damage.
Inspect and Clean Your Gutters
Clogged gutters can cause your gutter system to back up in the event of heavy rains, leaving the water to pool on your roof where it can then intrude into other areas of your home. Before this hurricane season hits, it is a good idea to make sure your gutters are clear of any blockages and debris that could cause them to back up during heavy rainfall.
Look For Loose Tiles and Shingles
Any loose tiles or shingles on your roof need to be secured before a storm hits. If any of these gets ripped up during the course of the storm, your home could become vulnerable to a great deal of water damage as the rains will have a sudden entry point into your home. Make sure that your tiles or shingles are secured with caulk, screws, or nails to keep your home protected from any invading water.
Be On The Lookout For Rust, Wear, and Tear
Before a storm comes through the area, you need to be on the lookout for any rust spots, loose anchoring, cracked or worn pipe boots, exposed nails, shingle granules, detached metal connection, or any other general signs that your roof is wearing out. A roof that is already compromised doesn't stand much of a chance in the event of a major storm or even moderate storm, so if you find that you need your roof replaced, it is better to have it done before storm season hits.
Clean and Secure Your Yard
Taking the time to clean up your yard and secure any loose items before a storm means that there is less chance of random debris flying about and becoming projectiles that could put your roof at risk. You should move any of these items indoors and, if not, make sure they are secured somewhere safe.
Trim Your Trees
Before a storm arrives, it is a good idea to make sure your trees are trimmed back and any dead branches or limbs are removed. During the high winds during a hurricane, these can easily be blown off and fall on your roof, causing severe damage depending on their size.
Consider Installing Hurricane Straps
Hurricane straps and/or gables ends can be installed on your roof to give it additional strength if you are expecting a particularly strong storm to come through the area. In addition to giving your roof a bit of additional support, there are a lot of insurance companies out there that will provide homeowners with discounts to their insurance premiums for having these installed.
Consider A Secondary Water Barrier
When you are replacing or repairing your roof to get it in shape for this coming hurricane season, it might be worthwhile to install a secondary water barrier to help reduce the chances of water penetrating into your attic and other areas of your home. This may also make you eligible for reduced insurance premiums.