Is your roof ready to take on hurricane season?
Although hurricane season is still a few months away, it’s never too early to start preparing your roof for the rough winds and strong storms ahead. Hurricane season is expected to start in June this year, which gives us plenty of time to get your roof ready. But, keep in mind that you shouldn’t put this off, as the closer it gets to hurricane season, the bigger the risk for your roof. While preparing your roof for a hurricane won’t be the end all be all in protection when a hurricane hits, it can go a long way toward preventing expensive damage to your roof. Here are a few things you should do to prepare your roof for hurricane season:
#1. Get your roof inspected by a professional.
The first thing you should do to get your roof ready for hurricane season is to have it inspected by a licensed roofing contractor. They’ll be able to take a close look at your roof, spotting any areas at risk for damage from a storm. They’ll also be able to point out any existing areas of your roof in need of repair so that you can get them fixed before a storm makes the damage worse.
#2. Keep branches trimmed well away from your roof.
Regardless of what season it is, if you let branches hang over or near your roof, you’re taking an unnecessary chance. Branches, particularly if they are old, sick or dying, can easily snap with the right amount of wind, and they could fall on your roof, leading to expensive damage. But, this problem becomes even more concerning during hurricane season, as the wind is so heavy that branches practically become huge whips. Don’t take a chance with any branches hanging over or near your roof; keep them trimmed away properly.
#3. Store any items you have in your lawn or patio safely and securely.
When the wind starts to blow like crazy, anything that isn’t bolted down to the ground could be picked up and thrown towards your roof. These items may include lawn chairs, tables and other patio furniture, lawn mowers and other equipment, toys, etc. Year-round, it’s best to keep most of these items safely in your garage or storage shed, but you will, of course, want to keep your patio furniture out so that you can actually use it. However, you’ll want to make sure that you store it safely and securely at the first hint of a hurricane coming your way.
Don’t let a hurricane catch you off guard.
Hurricanes are all too common here in Florida, and these are just a few of the many things you can do to better prepare your roof in the event of a hurricane. To learn more helpful tips, be sure to stay tuned for our next blog.
In the meantime, if you have questions or concerns, or if you’re looking to have your roof inspected, contact your go-to residential roofing company in St. Augustine — J. Adams Roofing.