Don'T Be Blown Away By Roof Damage This Hurricane Season

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Summer in the Northern Hemisphere may be drawing to a close, but the hurricane season is just entering its peak. From now until November 30, there's a good chance that a major storm can potentially wreak havoc on your area. Capable of speeds of 156 mph or more, hurricane-force winds can do a serious number on your home's roof, leaving behind thousands of dollars in damage.

Regardless of whether your home actually sees hurricane weather, you want your roof ready to withstand the destructive forces that come with it. Read on for a few helpful tips on preparing your roof for this hurricane season and others for years to come.

Have Your Roof Thoroughly Inspected

A trained eye can come in handy for spotting potential issues that could put your roof in peril when subjected to hurricane-force winds. Your roofing contractor can put their knowledge and experience to work inspecting every nook and cranny of your roof. A professional inspection goes beyond what a DIY inspection can accomplish, as your contractor can find issues that would otherwise go unnoticed.

However, a professional inspection doesn't eliminate the need for a cursory glance at your own roof now and again. As a homeowner, you should always be on the lookout for the following issues, as any one of them could compromise your roof's ability to withstand strong storms:

  • Curling, buckling, broken, or missing shingles
  • Shingle granule loss
  • Rust formation on flashing
  • Nails that work themselves loose over time

Keep Your Gutters and Drains Clean

Making sure your gutters and drainage systems are kept clear seems like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised at how many homeowners ignore this crucial piece of advice. Long-term debris buildup can prevent your roof from shedding rainwater properly, allowing water to enter your home through seepage. Poor drainage can eventually compromise your roof's structural integrity, making it less likely to withstand hurricane-force winds.

Whether you decide to hire a professional or do it yourself, make sure your gutters and downspouts are debris free. Doing so prior to a major storm can greatly increase your roof's odds of survival during severe weather.

Get Rid of Overhanging Branches

Overhanging branches don't seem like much of a threat, but they can prove dangerous for your home during hurricane weather. Tree limbs can break off and turn into fast-moving projectiles, doing damage as they impact your roof. Even a slow-moving limb can prove heavy enough to damage your roof once it lands. Overhanging branches also rain down pine needles, leaves, sticks, and other types of debris, creating a messy pile-up that could progress into mildew growth and eventual roof failure.

Trimming back overhanging branches should be one of your main goals this hurricane season. Not only will your roof remain clean, but it'll also be free of any potential projectiles that could damage your roof.

Invest in Hurricane Straps

Also known as roof tie-downs, hurricane straps add reinforcement to your home's roofing structure by locking the trusses and rafters to load-bearing walls. These straps prevent hurricane-force winds from lifting the roof off of the home. Corrosion-resistant metal connectors and framing nails help lock the roof and gable walls together.

Sheathing reinforcement is also important, especially since sheathing failures make up the majority of hurricane-related roof failures. Use additional wood adhesive and stainless steel fasteners to ensure the sheathing remains in place.

Add a Secondary Water Barrier

Hurricane-force winds can also drive water underneath shingles and tiles, resulting in water infiltration that causes leaks and sets the stage for mold and mildew. Adding a secondary water barrier to your roof's underlayment can put an end to water intrusion.

Secondary water barriers aren't just effective at stopping rainwater and potential wood rot in its tracks. Investing in a secondary water barrier could also open up discounts on your homeowner's insurance policy. The reduced premiums and increased resilience against hurricane-force winds and rainfall are well worth the added cost. Contact a roofing contractor for more information. 

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27 August 2018

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