How to Prepare for a Hurricane

How to Prepare for a Hurricane

Hurricane Roof Preparation

As a resident of Florida, you are more than familiar with hurricane preparedness. Not only is important that you make the right plan for the safety of yourself and your family, but it’s important that you also make sure you have a plan in place for your home as well. Hurricanes can get nasty, causing death and destruction wherever they hit.

Making sure you’ve prepared your home and your family for a disaster is of the utmost importance and one of the biggest things you’ll need to get ready for your home is your roof. While there are certain things you won’t be able to control, there are ways to ensure that the damage to your home is somewhat minimized. Here are some of the best ways to make sure your roof and home are ready for a hurricane.

Get Inspections

Hurricane season starts in June and with this knowledge, you can prepare your roof for the worst by getting an inspection. Having a good roof without any problems before the hurricane hits can minimize the damage done to your roof. Find out about any issues before the hurricane hits and avoid massive issues with equally large costs.

Minimize Wind Damage

With a few simple steps, you can save your roof from huge issues in some inexpensive ways. Here are some steps you can take to protect your roof from the high winds that come with hurricanes.

  • Replace the missing nails in your shingles and where the roof deck connects to the rafters
  • Using a caulking gun, be sure to apply roofing cement to edges of shingles.
  • Apply construction adhesive to each side of your rafters where they connect to the roof deck.

Once you get your inspection you can take the time to handle these issues yourself or have your roofing contractor take care of these steps for you. For safety reasons and effectiveness, having your roofer do the job is the best choice.

Get Hurricane Insurance

Because you own property in Florida, investing in all of the insurance that will cover your entire home for multiple reasons is extremely important. If something drastic and expensive happens to your roof or home and you don’t have hurricane insurance you might find out that your homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover the damages. Not only will this leave you in a huge financial constraint, but it will leave your home without a roof for an indefinite amount of time.

Get a New Roof

If your roof is old enough, it might be time to get a new one. An old roof won’t withstand hurricane strength winds but a new roof might. Especially if you choose a metal roof instead which are much more durable.

Knowing that hurricane season is on it’s way is the first step to protecting your family and your home from the potential damages and danger they can present. If you’re in need of a roof inspection for the coming season, don’t hesitate to contact our roofing contractors. We’ll come out and determine what you need and perform the necessary roof repairs and if necessary, a roof replacement. Call us today and get a free estimate.

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