We at Reliant Roofing hope that you, your family and your home made it through Hurricane Irma safely. Jacksonville is a beautiful area, but unfortunately, the cost of living in such a great place is that we have to deal with major storms. As you are aware, we are in the middle of a very active hurricane season. In an ideal world, you’d have your roofing contractor inspect to ensure you’re ready before the season begins. We’ve already been through one storm, but hurricane season isn’t over until November 30. We want to make sure you know how to prepare your property before the next storm comes our way. This can significantly reduce the risk of storm damage to your roof and home. Here are four steps you can take right now to help get your roof ready for a hurricane or tropical storm.
1. Trim your trees
Trees on your property can become a safety hazard in a hurricane. It’s a good idea to keep them trimmed back all year long, especially during hurricane season. Trees that are too close to your roof or house become dangerous once strong winds pick up. Limbs or branches can snap and fall on your roof, causing serious damage. Water intrusion, electrical problems and even personal injury may occur. You also want to keep your trees trimmed year-round to avoid having debris build up on your roof. Branches, leaves and pine needles can all pile up and cause damage to your shingles. You’ll need a roofing contractor to repair shingles or your roof could be weaker in the event of a hurricane.
2. Clean your gutters
It’s extremely important to keep your gutters and drains free of debris, especially with a hurricane coming. Take the time to clear branches, leaves and debris from your gutters before the storm. You’ll also want to make sure that all downspouts and gutters are clear of debris so that rain water can flow properly. If water can’t flow freely through the drainage system, it can pool and cause damage to your roof and home. For a refresher on how to clean your gutters, click here.
3. Do an inspection
It’s best to have a professional roofing contractor do a thorough inspection of your roof prior to a hurricane. However, there are a few things you can look for on your own if a storm is on its way. You can start inside the house by noting any signs of water leaks such as stains, peeling paint or wet insulation in your attic. Once outside, walk around your home looking for any signs of damage. A pair of binoculars can come in handy for this. You’ll want to look for:
- Missing, warped or broken shingles
- Popped up nails
- Rust on flashing
- Curling or buckling of any shingles
- Excessive shingle granules in the gutters
If you notice any signs of damage, contact your roofing contractor right away.
4. Secure any items in the yard
Strong hurricane winds can turn common yard items into a hazard for your home and family. Move any items such as patio furniture, planters and grills to your garage or indoors. You can also tie down any larger items so the wind does not pick them up, causing them to damage your roof and home.
Is your roof hurricane-ready?
Taking care of your roof should be a major part of your hurricane preparation. Not doing so can result in serious damage to both your roof and your house. For inspections and storm damage repairs in Jacksonville, contact GAF Master Elite certified roofing contractor Reliant Roofing at (904) 657-0880.