Each year we live through hurricane season (June 1 – November 30) but fortunately we haven’t faced a major hurricane since 2005 when Hurricane Wilma struck. This doesn’t mean we haven’t seen devastating storms though. These can wreak just as much havoc on the integrity of your home if your roof isn’t in good shape. Unfortunately, most people don’t think about their roof but there are some things your roofing contractor suggests you do as you prepare for this year’s hurricane season.
Get a Roof Inspection
The first thing you’ll want to do is have a qualified roofing company manually inspect your roof. They’re knowledgeable and experienced in finding your roof’s weak areas so you can have (them) properly repaired.
Learn About Roof Tie-Downs
One thing that a roofing contractor may suggest is installing roof tie-downs (a.k.a. “hurricane straps”). These are used to brace your roof throughout a hurricane’s really high winds. They can be a really good investment during such times.
Trim Your Trees
While you don’t have to wait until you’re getting ready for hurricane season to trim your trees, you don’t want to overlook this step. Trees that hang over your roof are dangerous throughout a hurricane, especially if they become diseased since this makes it even easier for them to snap. When one of these limbs fall on your roof it can severely damage your roof so water can intrude into your home causing electrical issues or hurting someone inside. Even if the tree isn’t diseased its leaves, pine needles, sticks, and other debris can build up on your roof. Once these things get wet they stay wet causing the shingles underneath to deteriorate and the structure itself may rot.
Clean Your Gutters
Any roofing contractor will tell you that it’s easy to neglect your gutters throughout the year, but you don’t want them to be there when a hurricane strikes. You want to make sure that the water can flow freely through them without backing up to the point it intrudes your home.
Get out Your Binoculars
Unless you hire a roofing company you’ll need to get out a pair of binoculars because you don’t want to risk your safety. Armed with your binoculars you can walk around your home looking for things like:
- Missing, warped, or broken shingles
- Rust spots on flashing
- Cracked or worn boots around pipes
- Nails that have popped up
- Shingles that are curling or buckling
- Excessive amounts of shingle granules in your gutters
Check Inside Too
Not all (of) your roof inspections need to occur outside. You’ll want to look around inside for signs of a leaking roof including spots, stains, peeling paint, damp stains on wood, and wet insulation in the attic.
Consider a new Roof
Sometimes you simply need to install a new roof. In this case you should remember that metal roofing lasts longer than shingles. Of course, you’ll still need to maintain it so it lives up to its life expectancy. Whatever you do, don’t overlook your roof this year. When you see a problem, get it taken care of before it’s too late – before a simple problem becomes more complex and costly. Done Rite Roofing is happy to help you with any of these things so you can rest assured that your roof is ready for this year’s hurricane season. We’ll point out anything you’ll need repaired so you can have these things done in time too. These are things that people in your neighborhood have trusted us to do for their roofs for many years now and you’ll be glad you’ve chosen to do the same.
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