How to Prepare a Roof for Hurricane Season
The 2022 hurricane season starts the very first day of June. While that may seem like a ways away, it’s really just around the corner! The spring season is the best time to start making sure that you and your home are prepped for any hurricanes that might hit the Space Coast this year. Between buying water bottles in advance and checking on your generator for the first time year, there’s a long checklist of things to get done. And one of the most important tasks ahead for homeowners is making sure that your roof is ship-shape for any storms, windy days, and hurricanes that might hit. What are the top three things you should be doing to prepare your roof for hurricane season in 2021?
Schedule Your Annual Inspection & Maintenance
Your roof is one of the biggest (if not the biggest) barrier against physical, water, and wind damage during a hurricane. But making sure that you have a sturdy, reliable roof requires a few extra steps beyond installation. Yearly maintenance is the number one way to prevent the damage that occurs from the daily wear-and-tear of the weather and sun. Before hurricane season begins on June 1, it’s a great idea to contact your local Brevard roofing company to schedule an inspection.
Most companies will do a free estimate and inspection for any maintenance and repairs that you might need. The evaluation will look at your gutters and flashing, ensure that everything is sealed properly, and there are no weak points or holes for wind or water to find. Don’t put off your annual inspection; if you call after hurricane season starts, you might have to wait weeks to be put on the schedule!
Tidy Up the Yard
As we’ve talked about before, keeping your yard clear of loose tree limbs, debris, and unsecured items (like lawn ornaments and furniture) helps prevent damage to your home and roof during storms. This is even more important when a hurricane is on the horizon. Leaving a comfy chair in the garden is the perfect way to make sure you never see it again. Debris and tree limbs can lead to cluttered streets, broken windows, and downed power lines as well. Making sure that you’re keeping your yard in check is the best way to protect your home and be a good neighbor!
While some things can stay out unless there is a hurricane on it’s way (like lawn chairs), trimming trees, taking down dead branches, and removing oversized branches is important all season. You won’t be able to remove all the dangerous debris from your yard right before a storm hits, so make sure you are proactive!
Clean Your Gutters and Drains
Tidying up the yard? Don’t forget your gutters! Cluttered gutters and drains are a serious threat when a hurricane is dumping buckets down on Florida. Your gutters and drains are designed to prevent water from pooling on your rooftop and move it away from the house. When your gutters are clogged with leaves and silt, the water stays on your roof. A clogged gutter can lead to paint damage, wood rot, and mold – none of which is good. The longer the hurricane sits on your home, the more water builds up, and the more likely you are to get water and mold damage.
Stop Hurricane Damage Tomorrow with Roof Maintenance Today!
Don’t wait. It’s never too early to start taking care of your home. Your roof is the first line of defense against the elements, and the worst kind of weather is hurricanes. If you’re looking for a professional, honest roofing contractor, it’s time to call the best in Brevard. Pro’s Choice Roofing LLC will be right by your side before, during, and after hurricane season this year. Call us today to get scheduled!