How to Prepare Your Roof for Hurricane Season

During hurricane season, homeowners and businesses prepare for the worst and hope for the best. The harsh weather conditions are not uncommon in the Gulf Coast region but do require a plan of preparedness. Above all, the roof and siding are what become more susceptible to damage during the months of June all the way until November. There are simple steps you can take for roof preparation to ensure maximum protection as described below.

Get a roof inspection

Roof inspections should be done prior to any damage. This is an important step you will not want to miss. The roof specialist begins to look at the interior of the roof, attic, makes any reports and talks about needed roof repairs. If the roof is overdue for a new installation, the contractor will make note of this too. 

Gutter and drain readiness

Hurricane season is mostly known for its strong winds and heavy rainfall. The storm damage thus affects the drainage system the most, possibly causing leaks if not protected. Roof preparation will require drains to be clear of debris and gutters to get cleaned. This will allow any accumulation of rainwater to successfully channel away from the roof and siding. 

Replace loose shingles or tiles

Leave it to the professionals to get the job done and replace any loose shingles or tiles. Your roof is not only high in altitude but requires the use of a harness and protective gear for safety. As heavy winds lift-off roof material, the inside of your home could make its way to water damage. 

Look for rust or other noticeable damage 

The life expectancy of a roof will vary depending on the type of material used and how often roofing maintenance is performed. Older roofs may have visible rust on pipes, have hanging nails coming through the roof or metal detachment, which is a clear sign that your roof needs replacing. 

Secure backyard items

Surprisingly, backyard or loose items are often neglected during a storm. Roof inspectors will always tell you to never underestimate the power of the high-speed winds as they can swiftly pick up heavy items such as patio umbrellas, firepits, chairs and much more. These objects will easily fly in the air and impact your roof as they collide. Secure these backyard items by storing them indoors instead. 

Trim trees and loose branches 

Surrounding trees will require maintenance through the trimming of loose branches, including the ones that hang from the roof. Just like loose objects, these branches can easily fly off and damage your roof. Roof preparation should always be accounted for before, during and after hurricane seasons. 

Get your roof geared and ready for hurricane season. At Azalea City Roofing, we offer residential and commercial roofing services in the surrounding Mobile and Baldwin County areas. Contact us today for a free estimate by calling (251) 250-0212 or by visiting our website and filling the request form. We have financing options available!