Hurricanes, tropical storms and strong afternoon summer thunderstorms are all a part of life when you live in Southwest Florida. But, all that wind and water – not to mention hail and flying debris – can wreak havoc on the roof of your home. Are you 100% certain that your home is ready for the next big storm?
While you may not think of your roof as the most important part of your home when preparing it for hurricane season, making sure it’s safe and secure can help you weather any storm that comes your way. This article will go over some of the things you can do to help protect your home and family as hurricane season approaches.
While most Floridians say their number one priority is safety when it comes to hurricane season, only about 15% of homeowners in high-risk areas get a professional roof inspection every year before hurricane season arrives. If you’re among the 85% who forego an annual inspection, it’s important to keep in mind that it can often be difficult to spot roof damage when you look at it from the ground. Over time, the elements and other external factors can cause damage that the untrained eye often overlook. This leaves your roof susceptible to water damage or worse. By having a roofing professional examine your roof, you can detect and remedy any potential issues before they worsen and turn into dangerous (and more expensive) conditions during a major storm.
A hurricane exposes your home to sustained winds of 75+ mph and gusts that can easily exceed 120 mph. One of the best ways to help protect your home and family is by ensuring that your roof is properly and securely connected to wall structures with either hurricane straps or other roof-to-wall connections.
A hurricane strap is a connector – usually made from stainless or galvanized steel – that strengthens wood framed roofs against hurricane force winds. And while there is no guarantee that these fixtures will ensure your roof survives the full brunt of a Category 5 hurricane, the hurricane strap is an economical addition to your home’s arsenal that you cannot afford to ignore.
Although hurricane straps are a common feature in most Southwest Florida homes built after 1992, some older structures may be missing this feature. Additionally, your roof may have aging straps that need to be replaced. A roofing inspector can check the condition of your hurricane straps and other roof-to-wall connections to ensure that your roof structure is properly secured.
One of the most important things you can do during storm season is to have an evacuation or sheltering-in-place plan for your home and family well before you start hearing about an approaching storm.
If your plan is to evacuate if a strong hurricane or tropical storm approaches, we recommend doing at least the following:
If your plan is to shelter-in-place during a hurricane or tropical storm, we recommend you do the following:
For a more detailed list of evacuation or shelter-in-place preparations, visit Ready.gov.
Hurricane preparation is serious business if you have a property here in Southwest Florida. One of the first – and easiest – steps you can take to protect your home and family is to get a roof inspection prior to hurricane season and ensure that your roof is in the best possible condition to weather the storm. If you already know that there are leaks or other issues with your roof that need repairing, then make sure to get them professionally inspected before hurricane season gets into full swing. Whether you’re looking for a free roof inspection or need roof repairs or replacements, contact Roof RX – Southwest Florida’s most trusted name in roof repairs and replacements. A highly-trained member of our staff will evaluate your roof’s condition and provide you with an estimate for any repairs that need to be made before we’re hit with a major storm. Roof RX can be reached at 239-789-9218 in Lee and Collier counties, and 941-979-5250 in Charlotte and Sarasota counties.