Is Your Roof Ready for Hurricane Season
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) is predicting an even busier Atlantic hurricane season. Forecasters are expecting from 11 to 17 named storms, of which 5-9 will become hurricanes. They also believe that 2-4 of those storms becoming major hurricanes with wind speeds in excess of 110 mph! Is your roof hurricane proof? Excessive wind coupled with driving rain can wreck havoc. Luckily, there are steps you can take to make sure your roof will weather the storm.
Close Inspection Before the Storm
You should inspect your roof a couple of times a year, at least in the spring and the fall. However, if there is a storm predicted to hit your region we suggest you inspect your roof right away. Keep an eye out for any curled, loose, or missing shingles. Make sure you closely examine the outer edges of the roof. Any weak spots could cause a domino effect, allowing winds to cause excessive damage.
Head Into Your Attic
If you can get into your attic, head up there and inspect the roof from the inside. Look for rays of light shining through. Light is indicative of gaps that could let in wind and water. If you see any protruding nails in the rafters or trusses, that could mean the roof deck may need proper reinforcement.
For Good Measure
Make your roof less susceptible to hurricane damage with the following do-it-yourself techniques:
- Use a caulk gun to apply roofing cement under any loose shingle tabs.
- For added protection, run a bead of construction adhesive along the seam between the rafter and deck.
- Apply roofing cement to the edges of the roofing where sides of shingles are exposed.
Bring in the Reinforcements
Hire a roofing contractor who can install metal “hurricane” clips or straps. They connect your roof to your home’s wall and increase structural support. Therefore, the clips make it less likely that your roof will be ripped off by the high winds. While they are inexpensive, we recommend professional installation, because they can be difficult to retrofit.
Review Your Insurance
Go over your HOI policy. Read all the fine print. You may be surprised to learn that there are certain exceptions when it comes to storm damage. Do not be afraid to call your agent and ask as many questions as possible. That way, you understand what is, or isn’t covered. It is too late once a storm hits to upgrade your homeowner’s insurance.
Don’t let Hurricane season cause bigger problems than necessary. Contact The Roof Guy for a free roof evaluation before the storm hits. We can help make sure your roof is more prepared for hurricanes and other strong storms.