Living in Florida requires homeowners to deal with many different things: hot summers, intense humidity, pop-up thunderstorms, and many months of hurricane season. Hurricanes threaten the safety of your home and your family so preparing for these storms is essential. Read on to learn how to prepare your roof for hurricane season!
Hurricanes Effect on Your Roof
Your roof is the first line of protection against the effects of a hurricane. It keeps you dry and safe from rain, wind, and debris. Preparing your roof is crucial to keeping your home and your family safe during storm season.
Prepare Your Roof for Hurricane Season
The best time to start preparing your roof is now! The sooner you take preventive steps, the less stress you’ll have when a hurricane approaches.
The best and easiest way to prepare your roof for hurricane season is having it inspected. You can take some binoculars and inspect your roof yourself, but to really determine if your roof has damage, leave it to roofing professionals. Diagnosing problems and fixing them months before will ensure that you won’t have leaks when the storm actually hits. Having your roof professionally inspected with save you money and fix problems before they become bigger issues during a storm.
A well-maintained roof will give your home the best defense against these storms. Roof maintenance is easier than ever with the McFall Roofing Maintenance Plan. Some benefits of this plan include:
- All inspections are carried out by licensed and insured roofing contractors
- Seasonal inspections to save you time and worry
- Identify loose shingles, nails, and debris that require attention
- Early warnings of any issues around skylights, pipes, and vents
- Receive notification of soft spots or unusual wear on individual shingles
- Recommend inspection times throughout the year
- You’ll get detailed inspection notes and recommendations via email
- Landscaping and AC unit will be covered for protection
- Debris removal and bags of debris will be taken straight out to the curb
Clean Up Around Your Home
Keeping an eye on the trees around your home will help to decrease the chance of debris damaging your roof. Trimming limbs and discarding debris ensures that high winds can’t cause these items to become projectiles during the storm. It’s a good idea to start trimming back trees and plants well before the storm arrives. In the midst of hurricane preparation, you don’t want worry about disposing of branches and limbs.
Another important part of hurricane preparation is gutter cleaning. It’s vital that your gutters are clean and clear of debris. Blocked gutters prevent water from draining from your roof. Hurricanes bring a lot of water and if it has nowhere to go, the water will sit on your roof and cause even more damage.
Every Roof is Different
Keep in mind all roofs are different. If you have a roof made up of asphalt shingles, you should make sure to identify curled, loose, or missing shingles and get those fixed before hurricanes start arriving. Metal roofs are one of the best types of roofs due to their durability, but still require inspection before storms.
After the Hurricane
After any storm, make sure you call a roofing professional to do a thorough roofing inspection once more. There could be underlying issues that the naked eye can’t detect. If there is any damage to the home, it’s crucial to get it fixed before water damage can find its way into your home!
If you have any damage to your roof, it’s best to get it repaired as soon as possible! During a hurricane your home can experience winds up to 155 mph. Damage to your roof could be from wind, rain, debris, or all three. McFall Roofing is qualified and trained to deal with repairs ranging from missing shingles, water leaks, or even discoloration!
Roof Maintenance with McFall Residential Roofing
The best preventative step for preparing your roof for hurricane season is regular maintenance. Just like a regular check-up with your doctor, having a professional roofing contractor inspect, maintain, and diagnose problems with your roof will give you the best chance of having little to no damage from hurricanes. Contact McFall Residential Roofing today to schedule a roofing inspection or learn more about our Maintenance Plan!