Native Central Floridians know that hurricane season is just an inevitability across the state. Being prepared for high winds and drenching rain is part of your summer tasks around the home. Protecting your roof should be a top priority on your summer to-do list.
It’s possible to avoid costly hurricane and storm damage ( and keep a roof lasting longer ) by keeping up with basic maintenance. Explore the steps that are necessary for a well-prepared roof this hurricane season. You’ll save thousands of dollars by safeguarding the roof and the walls beneath it.
Be Your Own Roof Inspector
Start out by taking a close look at the roof yourself. This task doesn’t include a walk on the roof, however. Grab a pair of binoculars. Look for these features on your roof, including:
- Missing shingles
- Broken or cracked surfaces
- Curled shingles
Be observant of the transitions across the roof too. Metal flashing and shingle meeting points are potential, leak areas. If you notice any of these features on your rooftop, it’s time to call the professionals. ( And if you don’t want to bother doing the roof inspection yourself, we’d be happy to come out to your home or business and take care of it for you ).
Minor damage across a roof is vulnerable to complete failure when hurricane winds kick up. It’s best to have the minor issues fixed to shore up the structure. Timely roof repairs are much less costly than installing a completely new roof.
Schedule a Complete Inspection
In 2017, the Palm Beach Post reported that Orlando and its surrounding cities were the second safest regions in Florida from yearly hurricanes. This statistic is encouraging, but it doesn’t mean that the area is immune to damaging winds.
Roofing professionals suggest a complete inspection every year so that the home is fully prepared. Reputable roofers walk across the roof and inspect it from the attic space. They’re looking for loose or damaged materials. Some inspections merely include extra nails for the shingles and verification that the underlying sheathing is in good health.
A unique service to hurricane-prone areas is installing roof straps or clips. In essence, these fasteners hold the roof down and onto the structural beams. Roofers examine the average wind speeds in your area, and they install the straps as dictated by the potential conditions.
There’s no guaranteed strategy that protects the roof in every situation, but these straps certainly make a difference. The installation can take some time, however, so schedule a professional appointment as soon as possible. These clips remain in place for as long as the roof holds true.
Clear Out the Gutters
Don’t overlook the importance of clearing out the gutters. These channels create water and debris pathways during a storm. If the gutters remain clogged, everything falling onto the roof will be forced upward. Moisture and debris can actually find its way under your shingles.
Ask your roofers if they clear gutters or refer you to a specific service. Gutter care is just as important as the roof surface itself. With the roof supported by clips and clean gutters, both the winds and rain can move away from the property as it remains relatively untouched during a storm.
Protect your property by calling on the professionals every year. XLR8 Roofing can inspect and fortify your roof at an affordable cost. As the winds pick up, you’ll have confidence in your roof through nearly every weather event.