As the first storms of hurricane season bear down upon us, it is crucial that as a Florida homeowner, you are prepared for the eventualities they represent to your roof. There are plenty of guides on how to prepare the various components of your home, such as your windows and doors, but what about your roof? This essential part of your home will take a beating from the strong winds and rain associated with a hurricane. Kirkey Roofing will not let you be caught unaware this hurricane season. We have compiled a quick, handy list of three things to do to prepare your roof for hurricane season.
Hurricane Season Tip #1: Roof Inspection
As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends getting your roof inspected at least twice a year. Preferably you want to schedule your roof inspection long before hurricane season hits. But better late than never! As we see, actual storms arrive on our horizon; now is the time to make sure your roof is ready for the elements that are coming our way. A professional roofing inspector will check your roof inside and out for any weaknesses. They will then leave you with recommendations for fixing any issues or a clean bill of health if your roof is in tip-top shape!
Tip #2: Clean Your Gutter and Drains
Your gutters are instrumental in clearing water from your roof. Blocked gutters or drains can lead to backed-up water that sits on your roof, damaging it. Gutters should be cleaned regularly, but if you’re like us, you are wont to fall behind on your cleaning schedule. Take time this hurricane season to clear out those gutters and check any outside drains for blockages that may potentially cause water damage. A typical Florida storm, on average, brings six to twelve inches of rainfall to any area it crosses, that is a lot of water! Give it plenty of space to safely dissipate away from your roof and, therefore, your home by keeping those gutters clean.
Tip #3: Review Warranties and Insurance
As part of regular hurricane season preparedness, you should have a designated water-proof storage area for your important documents. This is where you should have things like birth certificates, your home’s deed, and other equally essential documents. Included in that list, you should add any proof of any roof warranties you might have, home insurance documentation, and contact information for a local Sarasota roofing contractor. Double-check the coverage for your roof on your insurance to make sure it suits your risk comfort level depending on your priorities. We are biased as roofers, but we highly recommend you make sure your roof is covered completely.
Ready to schedule your roof inspection for hurricane season? Call Kirkey Roofing at (941) 499-8387 or send us a quick message.