Nearly 18 hurricanes on average strike the United States every decade, according to The National Hurricane Center. These storms leave devastation and despair in their wake, taking lives and destroying homes and buildings. According to the Florida Division of Emergency Management, 77 percent of hurricane-damaged homes suffer from roof damage.
Commercial Flat Roofs
1. Perform a visual inspection of the roof.
2. Secure cables, wires and loose items on the roof.
3. Clear roof drains, gutters, scuppers and down spouts of any trash or debris.
4. Prune all tree branches that overhang the roof.
5. Look for loose or missing flashing.
6. Run water on the roof to check that the drains are flowing properly.
Clean all Gutters Before a Hurricane
Residential Sloped Roofs
1. Make sure your gutters & down spouts are clean and free of leaves and debris.
2. Gently apply slight pressure to the gutters to make sure they are securely fastened.
3. Look for loose, curled or missing shingles or roof tiles. Pay attention to the edges of the roof. High winds get under these areas and work loose other shingles – a domino effect that can cause damage across the entire roof.
4. Check your attic or underside of the roof deck. Look for signs of leaks or deterioration. Look for points of light coming through the roof. The light means gaps in the roof that will allow water and wind in.
5. Secure any loose wires or cables running across the roof.
6. Prune all tree branches that overhang the roof.
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. Make sure you perform regular inspections of your roof. It can save you money and extend the life of your roof.