Get Your Roof Ready For Hurricane Season In Florida

As another hurricane season begins, we’re all in for more than our fair share of storms. But just because we’re used to the Southwest Florida weather here in Florida doesn’t mean we should take it lightly. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about how to protect our homes from the high winds and driving rains. One of the best ways to do this is to schedule a pre-storm roof inspection. By taking the time to assess the condition of your roof now, you can be sure that it will be able to withstand whatever Mother Nature throws at it in the coming months.

Inspect the Roof for Weakness

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” What this saying means doesn’t just apply to medicine. It also applies to hurricanes and roof damage. A little time spent inspecting your roof before the hurricane season begins will keep you safe and save you time, money, and hassle later on. The pre-storm roof inspection can help you identify any weak spots or potential problem areas. These are all potential entry points for wind and water, which can cause serious damage to your home. It’s also a great opportunity to clear away any debris that could become airborne in high winds and cause damage to your roof. If issues are spotted, we will have our professional roofer handle them.

Areas you Need to Inspect

Experts in roofing will inspect problem areas to identify and fix issues. Some of the areas we inspect include:    

  • The Flashing 

The first part we inspect is the flashing. This name denotes the metal used to seal the joints in your roof. If the seals are loose or missing, water can easily get in and cause damage. We check all the seams and corners to ensure they are properly sealed. We also check for rust or corrosion, as this can weaken the flashing, making it lose and increasing its chances of blowing away during high winds. In addition, we make sure that the flashing is properly attached to the rest of the roof. If it is not, our professional roofers may use roofing cement and nails to secure it firmly on your roof. This action prevents it from becoming loose during a storm, leaving your home vulnerable to water damage.

  • The Gutters

Gutters channel rainwater away from your roof and foundation, helping to prevent leaks and flooding. However, rainwater may remain stagnant in your gutters if they become clogged with leaves and debris. When the pressure builds up, the water in your gutters may burst or break, spilling water in places you wouldn’t want.

That’s why we recommend cleaning your gutters before a big storm hits. We’ll clear out all the gunk to allow the free flow of rainwater.

  • The Shingles

Our roofs take a beating. They withstand the sun, regular wind, rain, and snow every day without asking us for much attention. One thing shingles find difficult to withstand is extreme wind speeds. Since no one wants their roof to become a victim of foul weather, we strongly advise that you have us inspect your shingles to ensure they’re firmly attached. We will also check for punctures, holes, or loose ends and seal them before the storm hits. By doing so, we will keep your roof in tip-top shape – and avoid any stressful (and potentially costly) surprises.

Trimming Trees Around the House

We all know that trees are a beautiful addition to your property. They provide shade, help to reduce noise pollution, and can even increase your home’s value. While trees aren’t part of your roof, they are directly related. The high storm winds can cause branches to snap and fall, damaging the roof or even causing it to collapse. That’s why it’s important to trim any nearby trees before the storm season begins. Removing dead or damaged branches can help reduce the risk of damage to your home. In addition, trimming back overhanging branches will help prevent them from hitting your roof in high winds. As a result, taking a few simple precautions can help keep your home safe during the storm season.

Schedule Pre-Storm Roof inspection well in advance

As we all know, many homeowners will be booking roof inspection services as the storm season nears. Generally, we get a very long list of homes waiting for inspection, meaning that late bookers will have to wait for days, if not weeks. To avoid being too late, schedule a pre-storm roof inspection well in advance to ensure your roof is inspected on time. It will also ensure that potential issues are handled beforehand. If your roof is inspected too close to the date of a storm, you may not have time to make any necessary repairs before the bad weather hits. Besides, roofing cement takes about three weeks to cure, meaning that your roof will not be finished if repairs are done too close to the beginning of the storms. In addition, you should also take some time to trim any tree branches that are hanging over your home. 

Post-Storm Roof inspections are important too

You should thoroughly inspect everything after a storm, since damage breaks the seals underneath the shingles, and you can’t see that from the ground. It’s easy to notice when a shingle is missing, but having a local roofer come out and inspect the shingles to ensure that they are in place is essential.

Key Takeaway

A strong wind can cause shingles and other debris to become dislodged, exposing your home to damage. To help keep your roof in top condition, it’s important to have it inspected by a professional before hurricane season begins. They can identify any areas that need repairs and reinforce any weak spots. With a little preparation, these steps will help ensure that your home is ready for whatever hurricane season throws your way. If you have any questions about how to prepare your home or you’re not sure if your roof is ready for this hurricane’s season, contact us today or call us for a free quote: 844.784.7663

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