Living in Florida comes with many advantages but can also be stressful when hurricane season begins each year. Keeping yourself and your family safe during major storms should always be your first concern. However, once that’s assured, there are things you can do to make sure your home survives the storm.
The Importance of Quality Roof Care
There are a few things you can do in terms of roof care to ensure that damage from storms is limited, if not avoided altogether. Remember these five tips the next time hurricane season in Florida threatens your home. They’ll help ensure that your home is prepared for severe weather on the horizon.
5 Tips for Preparing for Major Storms
- Schedule a roof inspection before the storm season
- Ensure your gutters are clear of debris
- Stay up-to-date with your current homeowner’s policy
- Secure windows and doors
- Maintain landscaping to avoid possible damages
- Schedule a Roof Inspection Before the Storm Season
Calling on a professional to inspect your roof is a great practice, especially living in Florida. Did you know that a Category 1 hurricane brings with it winds that can reach speeds of 74-95 miles per hour, while a Category 3 hurricane packs a much bigger punch, with winds gusting from 111-130 miles per hour?
With potential gusts this strong, having your roof inspected to pinpoint any faults, loose shingles, leaks, or cracked caulk that may need attention from a roof care professional is an essential step in damage prevention before the next storm season begins.
- Ensure Your Gutters are Clear of Debris
A working drainage system is essential in protecting your home (and roof!) from storm damage. By ensuring your gutters are in working order and free of debris, you’re ensuring that when the next storm comes through, rainwater can flow easily throughout.
- Stay Up-to-Date with Your Current Homeowner’s Policy
It’s always smart to know what your homeowner’s insurance policy does and does not cover, especially during storm season. Some things to think about:
- Do you have flood insurance
- Does your policy cover the cost of roofing
- Does your policy cover the full cost of construction, should you lose your house in a hurricane
- Secure Windows and Doors
Did you know that if your windows or doors sustain damage in a storm, it can build up pressure in your home, ultimately putting a strain on your roof? Keeping windows and doors secure before and during an impending storm is essential to keep the damaging winds at bay.
Prepare ahead of time by touring your home and inspecting the seal and locks on all your doors and windows, providing peace of mind and one less thing to check off your storm checklist.
- Maintain Landscaping to Avoid Possible Damages
Strong winds can wreak havoc on more than just your roof. With hurricane-force winds running rampant, trees and large branches can fall and hit your roof or damage other parts of your property. We encourage you to head outside and inspect trees close to your home, ensuring that any hanging branches within six feet of your home are trimmed back or cut down.
Helping Neighbors Weather the Storm
If this all seems a bit stressful, contact our team at Model City Roofing. Not only can we inspect your roof before the storm comes, but we can also help you in the aftermath, should you need any repairs.
At Model City Roofing, we provide roof care services for new or replacement roofs in Florida—Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, and Panama City and surrounding areas and the Tri-cities area of Tennessee. Call us today to schedule a free cost estimate for your home or commercial roofing project!