Hurricane Season Is Approaching. Is Your Roof Ready?
Hurricane season begins June 1st, but it’s never too early to start preparing your home—especially your roof. While heavy rain and flooding are always a threat, high winds can cause direct roof damage, or indirectly with flying debris like tree limbs, patio furniture, or even parts of your neighbor’s roof. This year, the supply chain shortages add another layer of concern to those trying to repair or replace roofs before June 1st. Jacksonville roofing experts Endless Summer Roofing have put together a quick checklist, as well as some roofing options that can help keep your roof intact and your family safe.
Inspect Your Roof Before Hurricane Season Starts
Homeowners, especially those used to dealing with yearly hurricanes, often skip this crucial step. But there’s a two-fold reason for inspecting your roof. Shingles are the easiest thing to spot on your roof, but there are other elements of your roof that work together to keep rain, heat, and hail out of your home. Even if you don’t see damage or everything seems okay, it’s best to call an expert. Endless Summer Roofing will perform a comprehensive inspection of your home’s roofing structure, providing pictures with the full report. Our trained professionals can spot issues immediately to help give you a pre-storm baseline.
Four Main Parts Of The Roof To Check Pre-Storm
Tropical storm winds can reach 74 mph, while hurricane-force winds are more than double at 157mph or higher. Debris can fly off your roof or at it in seconds, so making sure your roof is issue-free can give you peace of mind should you choose to ride out a storm.
When checking your shingles from the ground, you may notice if they’re lifted up, if some are missing, or if there are cracks and damage. Besides your shingles, it’s best to check your underlayment, flashings, mounted equipment, and gutters or downspouts. Should a storm hit, these could be points of failure.
- Underlayment – This provides insulation and a layer of protection between the roof decking and the shingles. You want to check for holes, rips, or punctures.
- Flashing – This waterproof material helps prevent water from pooling, diverting it away from corners, chimneys, mounted equipment, and down the roof. You want to triple-check they are correctly connected and sealed.
- Mounted Equipment – You want to secure and seal anything that sits on the roof, like a satellite dish, antenna, and solar panels.
- Gutters or Downspouts – Clean existing debris from gutters (continue periodically through hurricane season) and extend the downspouts so water can flow away from your home.
Another quick note, you want to make sure skylights, chimneys, soffits, and vent pipes are tightly sealed. Wind can easily cause damage and lead to leaks or worse.
Metal or Tile Roofing Pre-Storm Checklist
Metal and tile roofs tend to hold up in severe weather conditions better than shingles. Metal roofs have been known to withstand 140 mph winds in uplift tests. Tile roofing is impact and wind-resistant and boasts a Class A Fire Rating, the highest possible rating. Regardless of a high rating, hurricanes force winds are destructive. So it’s essential to check for wear and tear, cracks, breaks, missing tiles (if a tile roof), and rusted fasteners (if a metal roof). Regardless of a high rating, hurricane force winds are destructive.
Endless Summer Roofing Are Experts At Storm Prep
The family-owned and operated Endless Summer Roofing team knows the challenges hurricane season can bring. We offer free estimates year-round. Our experts can check your roof, provide a detailed estimate, and perform repairs or replacements on your timetable. You can choose from storm-rated shingles, metal, or tile roofing materials in various colors and styles. Give us a call today at 904-439-7679, or sign up for your free estimate today.