Hurricane A-Comin’!: Getting Through Hurricane and Rainy Season
16 Jul 2014
For many reasons people start to worry when the rainy season is approaching. One concern is that the roof may start to present problems, start leaking, and result in significant unexpected and unwelcome costs. Remember that hurricane and rainy season expose your roof to extreme environmental conditions and even the smallest issue if left unattended could quickly develop into a major catastrophe.
Preparing for the Rainy Season
Even before the hurricane and rainy season arrives, you should begin to prepare. Think of your roof as an extension of your hurricane closet in preparedness. It includes your personal preparation, the structure of your home and especially the roof.
The first step to accomplish this involves roof inspection. Appearances do matter. If some roof elements look shoddy chances are there is something wrong. Loose or missing shingles, cracked or slipped roof tiles are indications that something is not quite right and needs to be addressed. Sheet metals flashings which are rusted are a sign of deterioration. Another important element in your roof assembly are your gutters. Leaves, granules or any other debris which could inhibit the flow of rainwater and cause the gutters to back up will most likely result in a roof leak.
After conducting your own inspection or if you feel unqualified to perform your own inspection, solicit the help of a professional to determine the scope and extent of needed preventative repairs. The professional will also be able to provide you with an estimate of cost and make practical and helpful recommendations to strengthen your roof for the season.
Another way to proactively spot potential problems is to inspect your ceilings for signs of discoloration or cracking. Both these conditions are signs that water is getting into the roof. Cutting back of tree limbs and branches that overhang the roof is also an important step in properly preparing your roof for hurricane and rainy season. Limbs or branches that break off during a storm can cause severe damage to your roof.
Failure to Take Precautions
It is always more difficult and more costly to conduct repairs after a major roof failure has occurred. Extraction of water from flooring and carpeting, drywall replacement and repair and painting can add up to many thousands of dollars which can easily be avoided by taking the necessary precautions.
So remember, the most pain-free and simplest way of getting through hurricane and rainy season is to be observant and then proactive by hiring a professional to correct any issues to ensure you will have total peace of mind throughout the hurricane and rainy season. Never forget that although your roof is only 30% of the investment in your home, it protects 100% of your treasured possessions.