Not sure if your roof is ready to face a hurricane? Well, like it or not, June 1st is going to come whether you like it or not and that means that hurricane season will be in full swing. If you live in a coastal area, like Florida, you must get your roof ready Here are a few way to prepare your roof.
Inspect Your Roof
If you’re reading this article before hurricane season starts, the
n you have more time to get your roof ready. A great way to kick off your preparation is to take some time to do a visual inspection of your roof. Get out a pair of binoculars and look for any the following:
- Black spots – This is likely a sign of mold or water damage. Go into your attic and look for mold or watery areas. You may need to take a flashlight. If your attic ceiling is damp there’s a chance you need to get your roof repaired.
- Curling shingles – This happens when shingles are starting to deteriorate. If you see this, your shingles are probably old. Replace them as soon as you can.
- Missing tiles or shutters – If you notice any areas without tiles or shingles, take note and get them replaced. Your roof is a system and needs all parts to properly function.
- Clogged gutter – Leaves aren’t the only thing that may clog your gutter. Broken tiles and shingles may be causing the clog. If you noticed that your shingles are curling or missing, your gutter is probably clogged as well. Take a look at your gutter and see what’s in there.
- Green areas – This is a big no-no. That green you see is moss and will cause water damage. Get rid of it immediately. Sure you may think it adds a certain fairy tale mystique to your home, but when you realize the damage it’ll do to your roof, you won’t think that for long.
- Cracks or tears – If you notice any cracks or tears on your roof, it’s time to do something about it.
Here are some indications of roof damage that you’ll notice inside your home:
- Water spots on your ceilings
- Damp insulation
- Peeling paint
- Discolored wallpaper
- Warped/buckling floorboards
- Mildewy odors
As you can see, all of the above can be caused by a leaky roof. If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to get your roof checked for series damage.
Trim Trees and Tall Bushes
If there are any trees or tall bushes by your home, get them trimmed today. If you wait until a hurricane is announced, no one is going to come to your home. They’ll be getting their own homes ready. Take the time now and get them trimmed so your roof isn’t bombarded with fallen tree branches during a hurricane.
- Don’t over prune or top your trees as this can cause them to split in the future.
- Prune back tree limbs to their base.
- Thin out excessive branches of a canopy.
- Do NOT prune tree roots!
- Only remove coconuts and palm seeds form your palm trees.
Reinforce With Hurricane Clips
If you are the diy repair type you may want to consider installing hurricane clips or tie downs. They are made from galvanized steel and connect to the rafters. If your roof is in great condition, this may offer the added reinforcement you are looking for as they the clips are designed to help prevent your roof from flying off of your home.
Clean Your Gutters Out
The purpose of your gutter is to allow water to freely flow off of your roof. If your gutters are filled with leaves and debris that’s not going to happen. You don’t want that during a hurricane. Do yourself a favor and clean them out as soon as you can. Here are a few tips:
- Manually remove the debris with a trowel or small handheld shovel.
- When everything is gone, hose down the inside of your gutters.
Be Sure to Protect Your Windows and Doors
You may not know this, but it’s true. If you shutter your windows, you’re not just protecting your windows, you’re also protecting your roof. The simple truth is that if a strong hurricane force wind enters your home, it can be strong enough to bust through your roof. That’s why you need to properly reinforce your windows. This also goes for your any doors, including your garage door. Your goal should be to keep those dangerous winds from entering your home.
Check Your Home Insurance Policy
Now is a great time to call your insurance agent and make sure your home insurance policy is up to date and will cover any damage that happens to your home during a hurricane. Get on the phone and ask them to explain the policy to you as it relates to hurricane damage.
Repair the Damage Now
If your roof is damaged now it’s only going to get worse if you wait. Get your roof repaired as soon as possible. If you do that now you won’t have to worry about it during a hurricane.