Florida has had more hurricanes than any other US state in recorded history. And when a hurricane is bearing down on us, homeowners must be on full alert. The roof is particularly vulnerable as it is the first line of defense against rain, hail, and wind. Fortunately, there are ways you can prepare your roof for a hurricane to minimize damage. Read on to learn how, or call Elite Remodeling Services at (904) 657-8383 to talk to one of our roof specialists.
Review Your Insurance Policy
Stay a step ahead of the chaotic aftermath. Reviewing your insurance policy before a hurricane hits is one way to do that. This process includes preparing and storing pertinent documentation, such as warranties, insurance policies, photos of your home, and contact information.
If you have the time, make sure there are no coverage gaps in your policy. Anything can happen during a hurricane—you should have peace of mind knowing you are fully covered.
When it comes to filing an insurance claim after the fact, you need to have well-documented evidence of the hurricane damage. That means having proof of what your house looked like before and after the storm hit. If you can clearly show the damage from the hurricane, your claim is exponentially more likely to be approved.
Get a Roof Inspection
Similar to reviewing your insurance policy, a roof inspection is a necessary precaution when preparing for a hurricane. Our Palm Coast roofing experts have years of experience and knowledge when it comes to identifying the strengths and weaknesses of rooftops. This expertise will go a long way in properly preparing you and your home.
A roof specialist will examine the entirety of your roof. In particular, they will see if the membrane has any rips or deterioration, and that all flashing or weatherproofing materials are adequately secured. In addition to checking for leaks and punctures, they will also make sure any equipment is firmly mounted, and your gutters are clear.
The cost of a roof inspection can vary—anywhere from free up to $200. Regardless, the amount you pay upfront will pale in comparison to what you would pay if your home had not been inspected prior to sustaining substantial damages. Homeowners in high-risk areas should consider biannual inspections: One before and one after the hurricane season.
Trim Overhanging Trees on Your Property
If a tree or tree limb lands on your home, the damage can be catastrophic. Taking preventative steps to eliminate this possibility will give you greater peace of mind when the hurricane makes landfall.
The first step is to examine the branches and trees on your property. Do this in May or June, before the beginning of hurricane season. As a rule of thumb, tree branches should not be within six feet of your house.
Replace Damaged or Missing Shingles
Maintaining a clean and clear roof is vital for more than aesthetic purposes. Removing debris can help you identify missing or deteriorating shingles. While there are various stages of deterioration, a shingle should be replaced if it is discolored, curled, or lacking granules.
Missing or damaged shingles can lead to damage on and under your roof. During a storm, rain or snow will penetrate the cracks that the shingles would otherwise cover. If enough precipitation enters your home for an extended time, you will likely find rot, mildew, and mold in your attic.
Clean Gutters & Downspouts
While you are on your roof inspecting shingles, this is also a golden opportunity to clear your gutters and drains. Free-flowing waterways will prevent standing water from forming on your roof. The backed up water could otherwise make its way into your home through leaks or holes.
Before repairing your roof, make sure to review your insurance policy to see if there are any gaps in your coverage. Then call the roof specialists at Elite Remodeling Services today at (904) 657-8383. We can inspect your home to identify vulnerable areas and advise you on potential repairs. Finally, jump into action. Trimming nearby trees and replacing missing shingles are useful measures when it comes to preparing your roof for a hurricane.