The last thing that you want is to end up with extensive roof damage after a hurricane.
If you’ve lived in Florida for very long, then you’re probably no stranger to hurricanes. Hurricanes are all too common, and the devastation they can cause is mind boggling. While there’s nothing you can do to completely prevent a hurricane from damaging your roof or destroying your home, there are a number of steps you can take to minimize the damage and help bolster your roof to better stand up to hurricane season. In our last blog, our roof repair specialists in St. Augustine went over a few tips for preparing your roof for hurricane season. Keep reading to learn about more helpful tips.
#4. Clean out your gutters.
Before the storm season begins, it behooves you to clean out your gutters. Why is this important? How are a few twigs and leaves going to make a difference in how your roof handles hurricane season? When debris start to build up in your gutters, it prevents them from doing their job, which is to safely divert moisture off of your roof and away from your home. While cleaning out your gutters won’t prevent shingles from flying off or other hurricane-related issues, they will help to prevent roof leaks and other problems.
#5. Get hurricane straps installed on your roof.
Hurricane straps are exactly what they sound like, tie-downs that help to brace your roof in the event of a hurricane. These straps help to give you a little added protection and peace of mind by binding your roof to the walls of your home. However, hurricane straps are not ideal or necessary for every home, and if you think you might benefit from installing them, consult your local roofing company to find out if they’ll work for you.
#6. Repair or replace damaged or missing shingles.
If there are any shingles on your roof that are either damaged or missing, now is the perfect time to get them repaired or replaced. Shingles that are loose or broken are at risk for being pulled off of your home by the wind. If you have any missing shingles, then your roof will be susceptible to leaks, mold growth, rot and a host of other not-so-pleasant issues.
#7. Double check your insurance policy.
If a hurricane leaves you with roof damage, the first person you’ll call is your insurance agent. It’s important to make sure that your insurance policy is up to date and that there are no gaps in your coverage that you’ll be surprised by later on. In addition to making sure that your insurance will cover your roof, find out if you have flood protection. Hurricanes are almost always accompanied by floods, and flood protection isn’t a part of a standard homeowner’s insurance policy.
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We hope that this blog will help you better prepare your roof for hurricane season. If you have questions or concerns, or if you’re ready to take the first step toward protecting your roof with an inspection, contact us!