When hurricane season starts approaching, it is time to get your home ready for it. One way to do this is by preparing your roof. Hurricanes and the strong winds associated with them tend to be harsh on roofs, causing materials and entire roofing structures to detach from the home. Here are some tips for getting the roof ready for hurricane season.
Inspect the Roofing Materials
To start getting the roof ready for hurricane season, head up to the roof and inspect every inch of it. You are looking for any signs of damage, particularly loose materials. If your asphalt shingles are starting to look cracked, torn, or like some are just about to fall off, you need to have them repaired or replaced. Otherwise, the hurricane will finish the job and cause you to lose a lot of your shingles. You also want to look for signs of cracks or holes in the roofing materials, as hurricanes often come along with heavy rains. You don't want a major flood in your home due to a roof leak.
Another risk with your roof and the heavy winds from a hurricane is that the entire roofing structure can detach from the housing structure. With a big hurricane, it is not uncommon to lose your entire roof. Consult a roofing contractor who can add the proper reinforcements so you don't lose your roof. They might secure some of the roofing materials so they are better attached to the house frame or use roofing straps that hold the materials down. You might have roofing materials that can handle extreme weather conditions, but that doesn't mean they will remain attached to the house itself.
Trim Trees and Bushes
You also want to make sure all trees close to the house are trimmed and kept away from the roofing structure. During a hurricane, the heavy winds can cause the trees to sway toward the house, damaging your roof. They also put your house itself at risk as the tall branches might hit the windows or siding and break them. In addition, big bushes and trees might have branches that break off during the heavy winds, which can then fly up and damage your roofing structure.
If you aren't sure whether or not your roof is ready for a hurricane, contact a roofing contractor. They will let you know if anything else needs to be done.Share
18 March 2016
When I married my husband 10 years ago, I agreed to move into the ranch home he already owned. Initially, we planned to live in this house for five years and then after a few years of marriage we wanted to buy our dream home. After our wedding, many things in our lives changed. We both got different jobs. And we decided to transform the house my husband owned when we married into our forever home. To accomplish this task, we have begun a major renovation project. The first job on our list was a new roof. On this blog, I hope you will discover the best types of roofs to install on a brick home.