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How to Prevent Additional Storm Damage to Your Roof

How to Prevent Additional Storm Damage to Your Roof

How to Prevent Additional Storm Damage to Your Roof

With hurricane season ahead of us, you want to take extra precautions to prepare your home for any damages.  This is especially important for large structures like your roof.  Being proactive can actually save you from expensive repairs and time-consuming paperwork if you are not ready for the aftermath that hurricane and storm season often brings to many Florida homeowners.  Whether you are a seasoned or a new homeowner, you will want to take these steps recommended by our roofers in Longwood to help prevent extensive roof damage during this year's hurricane season.  Here are a few steps to take to prepare your home and roof for hurricane season.

Get Your Roof Inspected

By investing in yearly roof inspections, you could save a lot of money on repairs after the devastation of a hurricane.  Roofing contractors 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.  Roofers in Longwood will look for leaks, punctures, loose shingles, clogged gutters, improperly mounted equipment, and other common issues found in roofs.  

Trim Overgrown Trees and 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.  In fact, we recommend that all tree branches be farther than six feet from your house.  

Clean Your Gutters

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 contractors to help you with the repairs after the hurricane.

These are just a few of the steps that homeowners in central Florida should take to prepare their roof for the upcoming hurricane season.  When you take these steps, you will be less likely to incur drastic damages and time-consuming repairs after the storms rolls out of the area.  Contact our roofers in Longwood for an inspection today and stay prepared for the storms.