With Florida’s hurricane season right around the corner, making sure your roof is storm ready is incredibly important. Here are some tips of how to hurricane-proof your roof and help you prepare your home for the rainy season.
1. Keep Up with Your Roof Maintenance.
The first step in ensuring your roof is ready for hurricane season is to get a yearly maintenance check. Your roofing contractor will be able to see if there are any loose tiles or shingles on your roof. Repairing these loose or missing shingles or tiles will keep moisture out, protecting your home from water damage. You can also have the contractor check your metal roof to make sure everything is in good shape. This will ensure that your roof is still in good condition and can withstand the upcoming storms.
2. Check Your Insurance Policy!
Always check with your insurance company before hurricane season to make sure that your home and roof will be covered. Any damage that does happen from storms should be covered by your homeowner’s insurance. You never want your home or roof to be uninsured, especially during hurricane season.
3. Check Your Attic.
To help make sure your home is secure, you can also go into your attic and check for any rotting wood, water staining, or cracks in the roof. If you spot any of these issues, call a certified roofing contractor. They will be able to repair the roof to keep the damage from getting worse and advise on what to do next. These actions keep your roof and therefore everything under it, dry.
4. Getting a New Roof? No Problem!
If you are planning to reroof your home before hurricane season, ask your contractor about installing hurricane straps. These are metal pieces that attach to the wood frame that holds your roof that help to keep your roof on even during tropical storms. You can also ask your roofing contractor to install a secondary water barrier, which is an extra layer of underlayment that keeps your roof watertight. Both hurricane straps and a secondary water barrier will help you save money by reducing your homeowner’s insurance.