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Four Steps to Prepare Your Roof for Hurricane Season in Florida

Four Steps to Prepare Your Roof for Hurricane Season in Florida

Four Steps to Prepare Your Roof for Hurricane Season in Florida

As roofers in Longwood, we understand the challenges that hurricane seasons can place on our home and business owner clients.  Hurricanes typically bring harsh weather conditions, such as extreme rains and winds that can wreak havoc on the structures that are meant to protect us.  Our roofs are the most susceptible to damage from hurricanes, as it is our first line of defense.  As we inch closer to hurricane season, we always urge our clients to take a few precautions to protect their roof from damage.  There are a few steps you should take to prepare your roof for hurricane season and the damages it commonly causes in Florida.

Have Your Roof Inspected

By investing in yearly roof inspections, you could save a lot of money on repairs after the devastation of a hurricane.  Roofers in Longwood are trained professionals who can evaluate all aspects of your roof and determine any damage prior to the hurricane season.  If you have any issues, they can be repaired before they are made worse.  Contractors will look for leaks, punctures, loose shingles, clogged gutters, improperly mounted equipment, and other common issues found in roofs.  Routine inspections will only help ensure that your roof will be in prime shape to handle additional stress.

Trim Any Overhanging Branches

Hurricanes bring in strong winds and heavy rains, which can easily blow any branches, debris, and other large pieces of loose materials all over your property and home.  Removing any large trees and trimming any overhanging branches could help save your roof.  These can be easily blown onto your roof, struck through your windows, or broken onto your house, which all can cause major and irreparable damage.  As a rule of thumb, all tree branches should be farther than six feet from your house.  

Get Your Gutters Cleaned

Making sure your gutters are cleaned before hurricane season hits will help to ensure that they are working properly when heavy rains come your way.  Gutters are designed to allow water to flow away from the structure and foundation of your home.  However, when gutters are clogged, water can pool on your roof or simply dump off your siding.  This will cause your roof to leak or buckle under the weight of the water and also cause water to seep into your foundation and compromise its integrity.

Prepare Documentation

As many Florida homeowners know, hurricanes cause home damage that requires immediate attention after the storm has passed.  In order to stay ahead of the rest of the community, have your important documentation prepared prior to hurricane season.  Collect your insurance documents, review any policies, and stay up-to-date on your warranties to make the restoration process go smoothly.  Also, prepare a list of trusted companies and insurance contractors to help you with the repairs after the hurricane.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

By taking these precautions, you will be able to minimize the damages and be prepared for any circumstances during hurricane season.  Although we hope that our roofs will stay safe during this time, we want to be ready in case of dramatic and extreme weather in our area.  When you are looking for a thorough roof inspection to prevent additional damage, contact our experienced roofers in Longwood for assistance today.