The Time to Prepare is Now!
It only takes one storm to change your life and community. Tropical cyclones are among nature’s most powerful and destructive phenomena. considering Florida is prone to tropical cyclones, you need to be prepared. Even areas well away from the coastline can be threatened by dangerous flooding, destructive winds and tornadoes from these storms.
Locking in a reputable local contractor to assure you have someone to secure your property after the storm will provide peace of mind when needed most. Being prepared can potentially save you thousands of dollars in damage from high winds and rains. And even if the hurricane never hits, you may have found a small problem that could have turned into a big and expensive problem if not repaired.
Your roof takes quite a beating throughout the year. Regular inspections can save you money and extend the life of your roof while always keeping you prepared for a hurricane strike.
What should you do to prepare for a hurricane?
- Ensure rooftop equipment such as exhaust fans, wind turbines, and air conditioning units are securely fastened or strapped down to the roof deck. Pay particular attention to access panels for secure attachment.
- If the roof is a composition roof with gravel covering, consider removing loose gravel to preclude damage to unprotected windows by stones being blown off of the roof.
- Clean and remove all loose debris, trash, abandoned equipment and the like.
- If the roof is composed/covered by roof tile, the roof areas should be inspected for any loose, cracked or broken tile to prevent risk of tiles blowing off and damaging adjacent property including vehicles.
- Inspect all roof drains, scuppers and emergency overflow scuppers for clogs. All roof drains need to be clean and free flowing in advance of a hurricane/rain storm.
- Secure and loose cables, wires and conduit.
- Prune and cut back all tree branches or palm fronds that overhang the roof. They will cause roof and building damage.
Consider having an emergency response agreement in place with your preferred roofing contractor at the beginning of storm season. The agreement should spell out rates for services and equipment for emergency response after the storm. Most roofing contractors will be very busy after a storm passes.