19 Jun 10 Ways to Prepare Your Roof for Hurricane Season
You may have heard the saying, “The roof is on fire.”
But, have you ever come across, “The roof is over there?”
Floridians are no strangers to hurricanes. We practically live in a tropical paradise so it only makes sense we’d have at least one storm season. Severe weather can really take a toll on a home — especially a roof. This is why it’s so important to invest in a high-quality roofing company and take the necessary precautions for maintaining it.
As we wave hello to an unpredictable storm season, be sure and follow these ten ways to prepare your roof for hurricane season.
2 Roofing Problems to Tackle on the Spot
Protecting your shingles
The newest shingles on the market can withstand winds up to 150 mph. Additionally, 6-nailed shingles are a better option compared to traditional 4-nailed. This is because higher winds have the ability to lift the shingle from its base — which exposes your home’s structure to a higher chance of water damage.
To protect your shingles, we recommend applying roof adhesive to any loose pieces, using pressure to attach them from the underside. Keep a close eye on the weather and perform 2-4 weeks in advance (allowing it proper time to cure).
Another option you have to prepare your roof for hurricane season is adding reinforcement. You can contact a roofing contractor or opt for a (temporary) DIY system by installing 2×4 pieces of wood, overlapping them over the trusses. Keeping your roof strapped down not only helps protect your home but protects your neighbors from loose shingles breaking off.
4 Ways to Prevent Storm Damage to Your Roof
Before hurricane season even starts, we recommend having your roof inspected by a professional. They’ll have the knowledge and experience not only to identify the areas that need to be repaired — but the areas susceptible to damage in the future. Here are 8 things to expect during a roof replacement.
To help brace your roof during severe storms, consider installing “hurricane straps.” These add an extra layer of protection, biding your roof to the walls. Not every home will need them, though. So give us a call and we’ll be happy to discuss it with you.
Trim Your Trees
You can further prepare your roof for hurricane season by trimming back any nearby trees. Overhanging limbs can be dangerous during high winds. And if one falls onto your roof, it can cause major damage — water or electrical.
Another reason to trim back greenery is to limit the potential for mold growth. Sticks, leaves and debris can form a pile of mulch which can cause shingles to deteriorate.
Clean Gutters and Drainage System
It’s easy to neglect your gutters, but you’ll need to keep an eye on your drainage system (especially during storm season). Inspect downspouts, ensuring the gutters are clear. This allows water to flow better, avoiding any potential backup.
4 Other Ways to Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Season
When a hurricane is on the way, take advantage of head and foot bolts on entry doors. This provides extra protection by stabilizing the top and bottom of your door. For a quick, step-by-step guide on securing entry doors, click here.
Windows and Shutters
Because Florida experiences tropical storms, it’s wise opting for windows and shutters with high durability. One of the brands we recommend is Renewal by Andersen Central Florida. They’re meticulous when it comes to window fitting and even offer a free in-home consultation.
If you need a quick fix right before a hurricane, though, cut makeshift window covers from thick exterior grade plywood to reinforce any glass temporarily.
Door and Window Caulking
As we mentioned before, hurricanes have the potential to onset water damage and mold growth. To ensure it doesn’t enter your home, check caulking around doors and windows. This will prevent moisture from coming in — keeping your belongings safe.
Lastly, you’ll want to reinforce your garage door. It may seem sturdy but is often the most vulnerable to storm damage. If winds enter your garage, it can create negative push and pool — causing it to rip away from the house. You can find bracing kits at your local home improvement store. Just make sure your garage door is on at least a 14-gauge track for installation.
We hope these tips are able to help you prepare your roof for hurricane season! If you have any questions or would like a free inspection, give us a call at (407) 295-7403. We’d be happy to come out and identify and areas needing to be repaired or replaced.
Wondering how long roofs last in Florida?
That’s a good question. In our free guide below, we share the 5 key factors to inspect for damage. This will keep you ahead of any damage, adding years of life to your roof.