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How to Prepare for a Hurricane

Protect your family and home during hurricane season
Read Time: 4 Minutes | Jun 15, 2021

How to Prepare for a Hurricane

Protect your family and home during hurricane season
Read Time: 4 Minutes | Jun 15, 2021
How to Prepare for a Hurricane

Your roof is one of your home’s most important shields of protection against heavy rain and strong winds. Your roof keeps your home intact and your loved ones safe. Unfortunately, if a roof is not secure, it can be damaged during high winds.

Your roof is the first line of defense against bad weather and storms, so it is important to keep it in good condition, especially during hurricane season.

What can happen to your roof during a hurricane?

As strong winds of a hurricane blow over your roof, they create an uplift force that pulls off your shingles, tiles and makes rafters unstable. The loss of a roof covering makes your home prone to water infiltration and can result in heavy damage to the structure of your home and possessions. While this sounds daunting, there is plenty you can do to protect your roof from excess storm damage and prevent the above issues from occurring.

How can you prepare your roof for a hurricane?

Complete a roof inspection

Man inspecting a roof

A regular roof inspection is necessary to ensure that your roof is sturdy. We recommend a thorough roof inspection at least once a year.

Inspecting a roof can be dangerous if you do it on your own. You also may not be able to notice the problems that a trained and experienced contractor can. We recommend you hire a roofing contractor who can offer the best expertise and advice for necessary repairs.

Check for wear and tears

A thorough checkup detects early problems and ensures the longevity of your roof. Since a hurricane makes your roof susceptible to damage, it is important to check for wear and tear like loose tiles, screws, or flaking paint. Loose tiles and shingles can be torn off easily and make unwanted entry points into your house. Rust may have also developed on metal roofs, which damage the roof’s overall integrity and ability to withstand rough weather conditions.

Clean the drainage system

Drainage systems play an important role in lowering the possible storm damage. Therefore, it is vital to prepare your gutters beforehand as Florida’s hurricanes bring heavy downpours. A clogged gutter can result in water pooling on your roof, which causes water damage on the upper floors of your home and destroys your home’s internal structure. To avoid this scenario, you should clear up any debris in your gutter. In the case of heavy blockages, it is best advised to call a professional.

Worker cleaning dirty and debris from a gutter

Install hurricane straps and reinforcements

A hurricane strap is a connector that is used to strengthen wood-framed roofs and homes. Made from galvanized steel or stainless steel, they are designed to protect your home from weather events like tropical storms. Check to see if your straps can withstand a wind pressure as high as 155 mph.

To further prevent storm damage, you can add roof reinforcements before the impending hurricanes. Installing overlapping panels of strong materials will prevent your roof from getting more damaged.

Complete an internal inspection

Internal inspection is just as important as an external one. Check to see if your attic or upper floors have any visible leaks, spots, mold, stains, and peeling paint. Damp ceilings and walls are clear signs that water has made an entry point into your home which can be exacerbated during a hurricane. You should also inspect the ventilation, gable vents, and brace them if needed.

Water damage on ceiling and wall

Add a secondary water barrier

A secondary water barrier acts as a backup system to prevent water intrusion into the home if the primary roof covering and underlayment are blown off during a hurricane. The layer of material is installed on the roof deck underneath the primary outer roof covering (whether it is shingles, tile, or metal).

Apply construction adhesive

You can increase your roof’s sheathing resistance to uplift from strong winds by applying a bead of construction adhesive. Using a caulking gun, apply the adhesive along each rafter or truss where it meets the plywood roof sheathing above.

Clean up any tree branches

You should also check your yard for debris or loose tree branches that can be swept up by heavy winds and damage your roof and home. When winds hit 155 mph, dead branches break off easily and can cause substantial damage to your roof. This is why it is a wise idea to trim your trees when there are hurricane predictions in your area.

Palm tree in a hurricane

Replace your roof if it’s too old

Once your roofing material has reached its maximum life expectancy, you should get it replaced. No matter how much you invest in its protection, old roofs are not able to withstand high hurricane winds.

Worker installing a metal roof

Metal roofing is the best option when it comes to protecting your roof from hurricane damage as it is one of the most durable roofing materials.

Ready to secure your roof against hurricanes?

It’s better to get your roof inspected to detect problems and prevent any potential damage before a hurricane. Hippo Roofing prioritizes protecting you, your family, and your house during the upcoming hurricane season. Contact us for a roof inspection, necessary repairs, or roof replacement.