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Preventing hurricane damage to your roof

For those that live in Florida the risk of storm and hurricane damage is high. Being exposed to high sustained winds, rain, and falling debris can easily cause damage to properties and especially to roofs.

Prevention is often better than cure and making sure your roof is primed to resist storm damage can pay off in the long run. Here are some tips to keep your roof in top condition and help to minimize hurricane damage.

Perform regular maintenance

Roofs that are not maintained well will be more susceptible to the wind and rain damage associated with hurricanes. By performing regular maintenance the level of damage can be reduced or even prevented in many cases. Depending on the type of material your roof is constructed from, there are steps that can be taken to ensure proper performance.

Here are some things you should look for on different types of roof:

Ceramic Roof Tiles

Roof tiles can become easily damaged or even ripped off altogether by hurricane-force winds. By regularly inspecting your roof, you can prevent damage caused by loose or unsecured roof tiles. Loose tiles can fly off during a hurricane and cause damage to other parts of your property, not to mention leaving your home exposed to rain damage and leaks. Any loose tiles discovered during a roof inspection should be secured immediately.

Asphalt Shingle Roofs

Shingle roofs are common in the state of Florida. However, prolonged exposure to heat and sun damage can impair the integrity of the material. Shingle tiles can become weakened or cracked when exposed to the elements and should be checked for problems. Missing or cracked shingles should be replaced immediately to avoid problems.

Flat Roofs

Flat roofs can come with their own set of problems. Heat and exposure can weaken the roof covering and one of the most common issues is loos or curling edges. In fact, the majority of flat roof problems begin at the edges so these should be checked regularly for signs of fatigue. If the edging is weak or loose, it can easily peel back during a storm. Cleaning debris and dirt from a flat roof can help to minimize damage caused by mildew or mold and prevent water pooling in certain parts of the roof.

Metal Roofs

This type of roof is used fairly frequently on Florida homes, and metal roofs can be very resilient when it comes to storms and hurricanes. Metal roofs are designed to withstand the force of high winds and unlike shingles will not turn into a projectile when ripped off in a wind. Metal sheeting is very secure but should be checked to ensure that it is fastened down correctly.

Slate Roofs

Although these roofs can look visually appealing they are not as resistant to hurricanes as some other roof types. Slates can pull away from roofs in high winds and as they are relatively heavy can cause damage to other parts of the property. Slate roofs will benefit from routine inspections to ensure that individual slates are nailed down correctly, preventing damage and exposure to moisture.

In conclusion

Preventing hurricane damage with a regular roof inspection can be beneficial for whatever type of roof you have. Making sure that your roof is secure and safe can be an essential part of hurricane preparedness and reduce expenses associated with storm damage. Roofs may also be reinforced to protect against hurricanes with straps and tie-downs. These may be costly to install but can protect your home and prevent the need for a whole new roof after a strong hurricane.

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