Depending on where you live, you may not see hurricanes at any time in the year. However, some states get a lot of wind and rain at least, and these can do serious damage to your roof. To ensure that you have the most roof protection from hurricanes so that one summer storm doesn’t do massive damage, research some of the precautions you can take to avoid this damage.
Your roof might actually not meet modern code requirements, depending on when it was built. If that’s the case, the roof is likely to be “especially susceptible to wind damage and water infiltration” and won’t do well against the intensity of a hurricane. If you aren’t convinced that these storms are enough of a threat to your area to warrant changes, consider that strengthening your roof might actually be a financial benefit by “[lowering] your homeowners insurance premiums.”
Have your roof inspected as soon as you can in case there is any damage that can be repaired ahead of the storm. If your home has been inspected and regularly maintained, then your roof protection from hurricanes will be most effective. Storms won’t be able to pull loose newer shingles as easily as old ones, after all. Previous posts by Cox Roofing have discussed what to look for in a roof inspection, so make sure to do that, or to call on a professional to do it for you. Don’t forget to take a look inside the attic, which is directly connected to your roofing system.
Damage from wind is a big threat and trying to minimize it is a part of hurricane roof protection. Some ways to do so include: “[replacing] missing or mis-hammered nails… applying roofing cement… [and] applying construction adhesive.” If you aren’t sure of the steps you can take to protect your home, contact a qualified roofing contractor and ask their advice. They’ve likely had a lot of experience hurricane-proofing roofs over the years. They may also be able to offer you hurricane clips, which add structural support and lessen the chance of expensive damage during one of these heavy storms.
Finally, remember the importance of insurance in case your preparations aren’t enough to stand up to the wind and rain. To hire a company that can perform this task with ease without breaking the bank, get in touch with Cox Roofing. You’ll be able to work with a business that has your best interests in mind and which has over thirty years of experience.
Cox Roofing is a full-service, certified roofing contractor providing residential and commercial roofing services to the state of Maryland, with a particular focus on Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Harford County and Howard County. We pride ourselves on our personalized service which transforms your property into the residence or business of your dreams. Get in touch for your free estimate today.