How To Prepare Your Roof For Hurricane Season

Hurricane season is a yearly concern for homes along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, and represents a serious threat of damage to your home. The part of your home that is most susceptible to damage is your roof, as it bears the brunt of the majority of the wind and rain damage that the hurricane will throw at you. A roof that is not properly maintained or prepared for hurricane season can be more easily damaged, and let water into your home. There are a number of simple yet effective steps that you can take to properly prepare your roof for the coming hurricane season.

Examination

You should examine your roof, or hire a professional roofer to do so. Look for loose or missing shingles, especially around the edges of your roof. If there are gaps in the shingles on your roof, the wind can get underneath other shingles and lift them up, as well as blow water into your home.

Check your attic too, if possible. Look for light shining in through the roof, which indicates an opening that can allow wind and water inside. This can work away at your roof and cause damage to the interior of your home. A professional roofer should be called in to replace missing shingles and repair any openings that have developed in your home.

Preparation

Examine the shingles on your roof, especially the ones along the edge of your roof, for missing roofing nails. Nails that are protruding or are missing should be immediately replaced, to ensure that your shingles are secured to the roof and won't be ripped up by hurricane winds. Consider replacing your shingles if they only have four nails in them – there are shingles that can be nailed down with six nails that provide a greater degree of protection.

You can install roof reinforcements, sometimes also called hurricane straps, in your attic to prevent your roof from lifting off of your house. These are wood or metal attachments that hold the trusses of your roof down, and make your roof more capable at resisting gale force winds. This process is relatively inexpensive, but must be completed by a professional roofer.

You can also apply roofing cement to your shingles along the edge that is not nailed down. This is particularly effective along the edge of your roof, or wherever the wind has the ability to blow beneath your shingles and lift them upwards. This process can be completed within a day, and can be easily done using a putty knife. Contact a roofing company like Absolute Roofing for more information.


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