Getting Ready for Hurricane Season
For those of us living in Florida, hurricanes are a fact of life – and every year is new opportunity for hurricanes to hit our homes harder than ever. Being on the eastern coast of the Sunshine State, we can expect direct (and indirect) impacts from these massive storms whether they start in the Gulf, Atlantic Ocean, or Caribbean Sea. At Pro’s Choice Roofing, we understand the importance of preparing your home for hurricane season. This month, we’ll discuss key steps to safeguard your home, roof, and yard from potential damage caused by the high winds and rain that come with summer storms and hurricane season.
Making Sure Your Inside Space is Safe
The first step in hurricane preparation is ensuring your home is as stormproof as possible. Floridians are known for staying put when bad weather is on the way. If you’re one of these homeowners, it’s even more important that you have everything in place ahead of time to stay safe.
Start with your windows and doors. Install storm shutters or invest in impact-resistant windows to protect against flying debris, and if you aren’t able to install new protection, plywood is a classic. Just remember that when a hurricane is on the news, it’s a lot harder to get supplies from your local stores. So, ensure that you have prepared your supplies well in advance! We also recommend rep0lacing any old or damaged weather stripping or cracked glass on doors or garage doors. High winds can put water under the door if you are at the right angle and direction of the wind.
And of course, remember the essentials for your home: pet supplies, water, canned food, generators, candles, and lanterns are necessities during the storm and after, especially if your home loses power and/or water during the hurricane.
Protect Your Roof
Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against a hurricane. At Pro’s Choice Roofing, we recommend regular inspections to ensure your roof is in good condition. Most professional roofing companies like us will provide pre-hurricane inspections free of charge to ensure that you’re in the best spot for facing high winds and rain.
If your roof is old or damaged, consider replacing it before hurricane season starts. Winter and spring roof replacements will save you time and money, and the off-season is the best for fast new roof replacements. We recommend choosing a roof designed to withstand high winds, such as metal roofing. Metal roofing is an excellent option in Florida due to it great wind rating and long-lasting materials.
Don’t forget about your gutters, either. Clean them regularly to prevent water buildup, leaks, overflows, and potential damage!
Secure Your Yard
Lastly, don’t neglect your yard when preparing for a hurricane. Secure or store outdoor furniture, grills, and other items that could become projectiles in high winds. Trim trees and shrubs near your home to reduce the risk of branches falling on your property or your rooftop. Old branches are a common type of debris that will easily go through an unprotected window or knock shingles off of your asphalt roof.
Protect Your Home with Pro’s Choice Roofing in Brevard!
Hurricane preparation is essential for every Florida homeowner. By taking these steps to protect your home, roof, and yard, you can minimize potential damage and keep your family safe. Remember, at Pro’s Choice Roofing, we’re here to help you prepare for hurricane season. Contact us today for more information on our roofing services and how we can help protect your home from the next big storm. Stay safe, Brevard County!
Remember, the best offense is a good defense when it comes to hurricane preparation. So, let’s batten down the hatches and weather the storm together.