Hurricane season is well under way. Have you done what you needed to in order to ensure that your roof is ready for the effects of hurricane season?
While you may be unable to prepare your roof for the current storms going on overhead, you can ensure that your roof is ready to tackle any tropical storm and hurricane in the future. Here are a few ways in which you can help get your roof ready.
1. Schedule a Roof Inspection
The first thing that you need to do to ensure your roof is ready to withstand the high winds and weather that hurricane season brings with it is to get a complete roof inspection. While you could perform an inspection yourself, experts recommend to have an inspection performed by an experienced and qualified roofing contractor who can catch things that you may overlook.
Plus, a roofing contractor will be able to take a close look at your roof and determine how long it has before a replacement is necessary. A contractor can also make recommendations specifically based on the type of roof that you have that will prepare your roof for hurricane-related weather.
2. Trim Trees Hanging Over the Roof
If you have any tree limbs that are hanging over your roof or anywhere near your home, now is the time to trim them back. It is also a good idea to take care of any diseased branches. Either of these are disasters waiting to happen, especially as the wind picks up.
If a tree limb were to break over your home, it could puncture a hole in your roof and allow water to seep inside, which could lead to a host of other issues aside from the roof damage that it has already caused. Tree limbs falling during storms could also hurt someone.
In addition, debris falls from overhanging tree limbs, which can eventually lead to shingles deteriorating under the right circumstances and potentially even the rotting of the roofing structure. Therefore, it is imperative that you trim your trees as you prepare your roof for hurricane season.
3. Inspect Metal Roofs for Loose Screws and Rust
If you have a metal roof, you want to make sure that you check for any loose screws, as this could lead to pieces of the metal lifting up and blowing up during a hurricane. You also want to keep a close eye out for rust, which can compromise the overall structural integrity of the roof — the last thing that you want or need during hurricane season. If you detect rust, contact a professional to have it repaired immediately.
4. Add More Nails to Your Shingles
If you have a shingled roof, you will want to ensure that they are properly secured before high winds come blowing in and potentially lifting them up and allowing water to seep inside and damage your home.
As a general rule, shingles are nailed down with four nails. However, shingles that are nailed down with six nails will be able to more effectively withstand hurricane winds. In addition, if you have any loose shingles, you should consider applying a roof adhesive to them to help minimize the risk of them coming loose again.
Your home is in danger from hurricanes every year, so make sure you take the time now to look after your roof. For expert help, contact the professionals at Eagle of the Keys Roofing Contractor to schedule an inspection and talk about the details of preparing your roof for the remainder of this hurricane season and for many hurricane seasons to come.