Hurricanes are incredible forces of nature, but they are also incredibly destructive. If you have recently moved to an area prone to hurricanes, it is in your best interest to be ready for hurricane season. One important thing to do is prepare your roof for these powerful storms in case a hurricane hits your area. Use the following tips to help minimize damage to your roof during a hurricane:
Make Sure Your Roof is in Good Repair
Prior to hurricane season, it is in your best interest to hire a roofing contractor (such as one from Absolute Roofing) to thoroughly inspect your roof. If any shingles are loose have them caulked or nailed down, and replace any shingles that may be missing. Doing so can help prevent water from leaking into your home during a hurricane, while also improving its structural strengths. Ask the roofing contractor to also inspect the flashing on the roof for rust and check for loose end vents and turbines.
Have Hurricane Straps Installed
Hurricane straps are a type of incredibly strong roof tie down system that connects the tops of the exterior walls of a home to the tresses of the roof to help prevent sections of the roof from uplifting, sliding, or flying off in the extremely high winds that are common during a hurricane. Some homes in hurricane zones are built with hurricane straps, but they can also be retrofitted for existing homes. If you don't know whether or not your house has hurricane straps, contact a local roofing contractor-- he or she can examine the roof and if your house currently does not have hurricane straps, they can be installed prior to hurricane season.
In additionto minimizing roof damage during a hurricane, having hurricane straps attached to your roof may also qualify you for a discount on your homeowners insurance. Make sure you contact you insurance company to ask if you qualify for a reduction in your insurance premiums after you have hurricane straps retrofitted on your house.
Keep Trees Trimmed
Large trees can make a beautiful addition to backyard landscaping, but they can also be a hazard if they are located too close to your house and room when a hurricane hits. Make sure that all trees are kept trimmed, and remove any branches or limbs that hang over your roof so they do not fall on the roof and cause serious damage during a storm.