During hurricane season, it’s important to take necessary precautions to protect your roof before the storm hits. Here are 10 ways you can proactively safeguard your roof prior to an impending storm:
Inspect your roof for any loose, cracked or damaged shingles. High winds can easily lift and tear off damaged shingles, subjecting your roof to leaks and further damage.
Secure flashing and seals. Check the flashing around chimneys, vents, skylights, and other roof penetrations. Be sure they are adequately secured and sealed to prevent water intrusion during heavy rains.
Clean gutters and downspouts. Clear any debris, including leaves and twigs, from your gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters can cause water backup, resulting in damage to your roof and potential leaks.
Reinforce roof edges and overhangs. Inspect the edges and overhangs of your roof. High winds can get underneath and uplift the edges, potentially causing significant damage.
Trim nearby trees and branches. Trim back any overhanging branches that could potentially break off during a storm and damage your roof. Falling branches can puncture or dislodge shingles, causing leaks or structural issues.
Install impact-resistant roofing materials. Consider upgrading to impact-resistant shingles or metal roofing. These materials are designed to withstand high winds, flying debris, and hail, providing better protection for your roof during hurricanes.
Reinforce the roof deck. Fortify the roof deck by adding fasteners or adhesives between the sheathing and the roof structure. This can help prevent the roof from being uplifted during severe winds.
Perform regular roof inspections. Regularly inspect your roof before and after storms to identify any damage or areas that need repair.
Consider installing hurricane shutters. If you have windows or skylights on your roof, consider installing hurricane shutters or impact-resistant coverings. These can protect your windows from wind-driven debris and minimize the risk of damage to your roof.
Be prepared for the storm. Secure loose objects in your yard, keep emergency supplies on hand, and know how to turn off utilities in case of evacuation. Being well-prepared can help improve your overall safety during a hurricane.
Remember, if you’re unsure about the condition of your roof or need assistance with repairs or reinforcements, the professionals at Noland’s Roofing can conduct a thorough inspection and give you a detailed assessment. Schedule your appointment with us today.