Preparing Your Roof For A Hurricane
Hawaii's hurricane season is here! Hurricane seasons runs June 1 to November 30 and while the last couple of years Mother Nature has been quite kind to us it's inevitable that a hurricane may take a direct hit on our islands. The best and easiest way to prepare your roof for hurricane season is to have our experts inspect the condition of your roof.
In an effort to keep your roof protected this hurricane season, our experienced team has taken the time to put together a list of tips that you can follow to make sure your roof is prepared.
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR ROOF
CHECK YOUR INSURANCE POLICY:
During a hurricane roof damage is one of the most common insurance claims (*please note that you will need HURRICANE INSURANCE to file a claim if there is any damage due to the hurricane).
CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS
Having a clean gutter system will allow the heavy rain flow to drain properly. If there are branches, leaves (or trees, yes even trees), this will cause a backup and the water may begin to pool on your roof.
*Expert Tip: Gutter guards are a great way to keep out the debris.
MISSING SHINGLES, BROKEN TILES, AND WARPED WOOD SHAKE
If your roof looks like this, call us now! Chances are that you will have major flooding in your home. Contact us as soon as possible for a free roof inspection. Any loose tiles, shingles, or wood shake on your roof needs be secured before the hurricane or storm comes. Missing, loose, or barely hanging on roofing materials will make your home vulnerable to the wind and rain and may even cause damage to your neighbors property!
*Expert Tip: We do emergency tarping!
LOOKOUT FOR RUST, BUBBLING, OR WEAR AND TEAR
Look for any rust spots, cracked pipe jacks, exposed nails, shingle granules, bubbling acrylic or silicone coatings, detached metal connection. A roof that is compromised won't stand a chance in the event of a moderate or major storm, so if you find that you need your roof replaced, it is best to have it completed before storm season hits.
CONSIDER INSTALLING HURRICANE CLIPS & STRAPS
Hurricane straps are installed on your roof for additional support for those extra strong winds.
Another common method used to reinforce and secure your roof is installing hurricane clips. This metal piece is installed between a rafter or roof truss and the double top plate of a wood-frame wall. These clips work by strengthening the bond between your roof and the walls of your house so the roof doesn't blow away in a hurricane.
*Expert tip: Many insurance companies will provide homeowners with discounts to their insurance premiums for having these installed.
Stay safe and be prepared!