What You Need to Know About Your Roof and Hurricanes

Everyone has seen the terrifying images of entire neighborhoods wrecked after a hurricane. Some of the most jarring images to see relate to roof damage. As one of the largest pieces of the home and an essential component of a shelter, roof damage can make a home entirely uninhabitable.

When it comes to protecting your home from hurricanes, the roof is one of the best places to start. Protection and reinforcement can be the difference between a safe space and incredible damage.

Hurricane Strength

The strength of a hurricane is a major factor when it comes to potential damages. A Category 1 or 2 hurricane can tear off shingles, cause leaks, and damage gutters. A Category 3 and 4 storm can create much more significant damages from airborne objects like tree branches. Category 5 hurricanes can tear the decking and gable ends of a roof right off.

Preventing Hurricane Damage

Preparing your roof for a storm is the best way to protect your space. Here are some of the steps you can take to prevent or minimize hurricane damage:

1. Have Your Roof Inspected

Have a professional take a look at your roof. They’ll be able to point out which repairs need to be made and where potential weak spots in your roof may be. Taking the time to make your roof secure now will make a big difference during a storm later.

2. Trim Nearby Trees

If your home has some precariously placed tree limbs hanging over the roof, it’s time to cut them back to protect against any potential attic damage.

3. Install Truss Tie-Downs

If possible for your home, have truss tie-downs (often referred to as “hurricane straps”) installed to secure the roof more firmly.

4. Fix and Secure Gutters

Make sure every piece is secure and is not sagging. Fixing areas that are not attached properly will prevent them from becoming flying debris later.

5. Consider a Roof Replacement

If you’re looking to replace your roof, wind-resistant shingles, metal roofing, and water barriers can assist you in securing your roof against hurricanes.

Repair and Replace Your Roof with Contractors You Trust

Our goal is to help you create a safe and comfortable home that lasts. No matter what your roof-related goals may be, the team at MBC Capital General Contractor can help. Our speedy service will have you ready for any kind of weather. Call us at (850) 588-0543 or contact us online to speak with a friendly representative.