You cannot prevent a hurricane, but you can prepare your home so you avoid substantial damage from a hurricane. Keep hurricane roof repair to a minimum by partnering with your local roofer to keep your Central Florida home’s roof in tip-top shape.
Prevent hurricane roof damage from crippling your home by having regular roof inspections. Your neighborhood roofer can safely and thoroughly walk your roof (something you should never do!) and visually inspect every part:
- Shingles, metal panels, or tiles
- Ridge, kitchen, bathroom, and gable vents
- Rubber boots around sanitary stacks
- Drip edge
- Flashing and caulking
A visit into your attic can identify problem spots such as mold, light leaks that could become water leaks, and damp insulation.
The attic visit should include assessment of hurricane clips, to prevent your roof from being peeled away by a hurricane’s strong wind and pressure differential.
The roof inspection should be followed by prompt roof repair. You have prevented substantial hurricane damage by reinforcing your roof.
Before a hurricane, consider contacting your roofer to ensure you have done everything possible to brace yourself and your roof for the strong winds, heavy rains, and air pressure changes. Do any shingles need a few extra roof nails? Should the flashing get fresh caulking?
Clear your yard of clutter; windborne, uplifted debris can rake across any roof, destroying tiles or shingles and denting metal panels. Consider a gutter cleaning service to prevent water backing up and rotting your home’s fascia boards.
3. Put Right
After the hurricane, do a ground-level assessment of your home’s roof. Do you see missing or damaged shingles, tiles, or metal? Inside, can you spot brown stains on ceilings or walls?
Call your roofer right away to address these common hurricane-related repairs:
- Roof leaks — Hurricanes can carve holes in your roof, allowing leaking water to destroy ceilings, walls, and your furnishings.
- Shifted or uplifted flashing — Flashing bridges joints between unlike materials; if it shifts under hurricane-force winds, water infiltrates.
- Missing tiles or shingles — Every loose, damaged, or missing roof component must be replaced promptly to prevent further damage.
- Uplifted shingles — Wind can destroy the adhesion between shingles; roof leaks soon follow.
Please connect with us at Alan’s Roofing today to make certain your Central Florida home is fully protected before the next hurricane. We can help prepare your roof beforehand and will be there after the storm passes.