With hurricane season fast approaching in South Florida, it’s definitely time to make sure your home is equipped to embrace the storms. The fierce winds and torrential downpours can cause serious damage to your home and roof which is why it’s so important to contact a roofing contractor to ensure your roof doesn’t get blown away this season. With roof damage being one of the largest causes of hurricane insurance claims, it’s important for homeowners to take important steps to protect their roofs. If you’re feeling unprepared, here are five things you can do to keep your roof intact.
Do the necessary repairs
Once the contractor has identified any flaws or issues with your roofing, make sure you address these issues immediately. Whether it’s a leak, a loose shingle or a missing tile, ensure that these repairs are done effectively. Leaving areas of your roof exposed to the extreme weather conditions could be detrimental. Again, it’s best to hire a trained roofing contractor with a BBB A + rating to do these repairs – doing the repairs yourself could cost you a lot of time and money.
Add storm protecting truss straps
There are many new homes in South Florida that are already fitted with storm protectors but if you’ve got an older home, you might need to secure your roof with some added protectors to protect against wind lift and other damages. Identifying whether or not you need these protectors or where to install them can be a tricky task that only a contractor should undertake.
Clear potential debris
While loose tiles and shingles are the most common cause of debris and damage during a storm, there are also other forms of debris that could pose a potential threat to your home. Branches, patio furniture or garden equipment can cause serious damage to your home when the high winds come rushing through. Make sure you clear the area around your home of any potential threats before it’s too late.
Make sure your insurance policy is up to date
If your roof does happen to get damaged during a storm, is it important that you have the right insurance policy to cover all the damages. Make sure that there are no coverage gaps in your policy. In the unfortunate event of a damaged roof, the first thing you need to do contact your insurance company to make the claim and then contact a professional and trustworthy roofing contractor to get your roof fixed quickly and effectively.
Ensuring that your roof is hurricane ready by talking to a professional roofing contractor is a must. Contact Aabco Roofing, Inc. today to make sure that you don’t get blown away this hurricane season.