A hurricane can be a scary time. But if you live in a hurricane-prone area like South Florida, you are most likely a pro! Whether you are a business owner or homeowner, you want to protect your property during hurricane season.
Here what kind of damage hurricanes cause and 5 tips for preparing your roof for hurricane season.
WHAT KIND OF DAMAGE CAN HURRICANES CAUSE?
It’s amazing how something you can’t even see can cause so much damage. Wind can reek a great deal of havoc to your roof. Wind can cause damage in a number of ways:
- Blow off roof or roof accessories
- Impact damage from wind borne debris
- Pulling mounted hardware out of your roof
Where there are strong winds, water and hail are likely to be close behind. While the wind can cause damage to your roof system, there are vulnerable areas for water to enter your building. This water can cause issues with your building insulation, structure, and your property inside. Water intrusion during a high wind event can occur through any opening in the roofing envelope. This could be roof vents, soffit ventilation, turbines, gable end vents, or any damage cause by the wind or wind borne debris.
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR ROOF FOR HURRICANE SEASON
1. Schedule an Inspection
If you are in South Florida, yearly roof inspections are a must. Having a knowledgeable contractor on your roof before hurricane season will ensure that there are no issues on your roof that a hurricane can make worse. Before hurricane season is the best time to have a contractor perform repairs and double check the integrity of your roof.
Your roofing contractor will look at the following areas of your roof:
- Membrane – make sure there are no rips, punctures, holes or effects of aging.
- Flashings – make sure all flashings are correctly attached and sealed.
- Mounted Equipment – make sure the penetrations are properly sealed and that the equipment is securely attached.
- Gutters/Downspouts – make sure all gutters, drains, and downspouts properly attached and flowing to the proper location.
2. Trim Nearby Trees
Strong winds of a hurricane can destroy buildings. Do you trust those tree branches that hang over your building?
When you reach May or June, right before hurricane season, take a walk around your building and identify dead, broken or oversized trees and tree branches. These can easily be blown off during a storm and land on your home or building.
3. Continue with Regular Maintenance
A maintenance program is a great way to be proactive with your roof system. Having a roofing contractor keep up the maintenance of your roof is one of the best ways to ensure that your roof is ready to stand up to incoming hurricanes.
Regular maintenance can catch preliminary roof issues before they get worse, saving you money.
4. Clear Gutters and Drains
We discussed above the damage that can come from water during and after a hurricane. Cleaning and making sure your gutters are clear is essential because your gutter system takes water from your roof system down to the ground.
If your gutters are clogged, the backed-up water will sit on your roof, and the probability of water entering your building will increase.
5. Keep Up to Date with Insurance and Warranties
When a hurricane passes through your area, it can be chaotic in the aftermath. You can be a step ahead of your competitors and neighbors by having all of your documentation prepared and in a safe and easily accessible place.
Ideas of documents you may need:
- Any applicable warranties
- Insurance Documentation
- Any before photos
- Contact information for contractors, insurance agents and other key contacts
When hurricane season comes, protecting people is the most important. With a thought-out and well-implemented preparation plan, you don’t have to think twice about your roof during a hurricane.
Contact our team today to evaluate and help prepare your roof for the upcoming hurricane season.