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Orlando/Dr Phillips Roofer, How to Prepare Your Roof for Hurricane Season

Central Florida is not a stranger to devastating storms and hurricanes. It is estimated the 2017 hurricane season storms ended up costing $370 billion, making it the most expensive season in US history.

How can you prepare your roof for hurricane season?

The fact is, it doesn’t take a hurricane to compromise your roof. Damage and deterioration typically start well before a home or business owner notices a water spot on the ceiling.

Taking a few proactive steps can go a long way

Have your roof inspected

There is a lot going on under the asphalt shingles or tiles on your roof, most of which you can’t see from the ground. Which is why you should invest in having your roof inspected by a professional certified and licensed roofing contractor. One who has the knowledge and experience to give you a detailed report on your roof. It should include how to secure your roof in case of a hurricane, if there are any weak issues or problems, and its life expectancy. You can also discuss roof tie downs or hurricane straps, while not all roofs need them, in high winds they can brace your roof.

Have your trees trimmed

Trees near your home and branches hanging over your roof can be especially dangerous during a storm. It doesn’t take much for a strong wind to snap a sick tree limb and damage your roof. These winds can also cause debris to build up on the roof, causing moisture to deterioration. Which can lead to a host of problems, such as roof rot.

Clean your drainage system and gutters

Who really likes cleaning out the gutters, but it’s especially important before storm season. If not, all that debris can cause water to accumulate and intrude into your home. Cleaning the debris and ensuring rain water can freely flow through them is a worthwhile investment.

Check back with us next week for more information how to protect your roof from hurricane strength winds and rain. Until then, contact Schick Roofing for more information.

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