As a Florida homeowner, you know that hurricanes are unpredictable. You also know that, no matter what category a hurricane is listed as, it can still cause major damage to your home, including your roof, leading to inevitable roof repair. This is especially true if you live near water. With hurricane season in full swing, here are a few tips to help you prepare your roof.
Preparing Your Roof for Hurricane Season
After you’ve been alerted to a hurricane, it’s important to start taking measures to protect your roof, and subsequently, yourself and your family.
Fix loose shingles or tiles.
Since a hurricane is characterized by high speed and rough winds, you should focus your attention on roof repair, and fixing any loose shingles or tiles. If left unchecked, these can allow a passageway for water to seep inside the roof and give rise to other issues, and ones you definitely don’t want to deal with in the midst of a hurricane. Loose shingles or tiles can also cause extensive damage to your home if they’re not safely attached to your roof when the storm arrives.
Trim surrounding trees.
Trees are great for shade and aesthetics, but they can be incredibly dangerous come hurricane season. Before the first hurricane even appears on the radar, go the extra mile and trim any trees that hang over your roof and surround your home. The high-speed winds of hurricanes just might snap them in half, and those branches can easily go through your roof, or even your windows.
Clean your gutters.
You should be cleaning your gutters on a seasonal basis anyway, but if you’re not, now is as good a time as any to clean them. If your gutters are blocked, they can prevent water from draining the roof. Since hurricanes are bound to bring an onslaught of water, all the excess water will seep into your roof, which will cause other problems, some of which you may not notice until it’s too late.
Get Roof Repair Before Hurricane Season Starts
As a homeowner, you have a lot to worry about. As a Florida resident, you have even more to worry about — at least during hurricane season. To ensure your home’s integrity and your family’s well-being, request a free roof evaluation today. This way, you can have peace of mind knowing any necessary roof repair services have been taken care of before the first hurricane hits. At HW Roofing, our roofing company services those in St. Augustine, Nocatee, Ponte Vedra, Jacksonville, and the surrounding communities in Northeast FL.