Roof Tips For Protection After A Florida Hurricane
Updated: Mar 5
The storm has passed and it's time to get outside and assess any damage to your property. No matter where you live in Florida the risk of hurricanes is real. In 2022, Daytona Beach Shores, Ormond Beach, Ponce Inlet, and New Smyrna Beach took a huge hit. Let's take a look at how to proceed after the storm conditions have passed and it's safe to look around.
First of all, check to see what's on the ground. Hurricane-force winds can blow off roofing materials such as shingles and flashing around vent pipes and chimney flues. Tree limbs can harm your roof in high winds. If roofing shingles are on the ground (and they're from your roof) gather them up. If you can see where they are missing from standing in your yard, then you may be able to see if any others are torn, curled, or cracked. For property owners that have a flat roof look to see if there are any blisters or tears.
The other thing you might see on the ground is granules from your asphalt shingles. If there are a lot of them, your shingles may not be able to protect the home from UV rays of the sun. If the granules clog up your gutter, the damage could get worse because water can't drain properly. Branches and leaves may contribute to this. Your gutters could even break.
We hope you will not find any of these conditions, however wet spots on walls, ceilings or floors may indicate a roof leak or leaking skylights. Any damage, from missing shingles to more serious water spots should be assessed as soon as possible by a licensed roofing contractor. If you act quickly to preserve your home's watertight protection system, it may save you thousands of dollars in the long run.
Your roof may need a tarp, especially if your homeowner's insurance policy says so with the damage your roof has sustained. A professional roofer like Triangle Roofing can install the tarp until he can get you on the schedule for emergency repairs. After a hurricane, roofers are very busy. Do not attempt to put a tarp up on the roof yourself! It is also important to get repairs done as soon as possible and not leave the tarp on for an extended period.
If you’re looking for a roofer to help with emergency roof repairs call Joe at Triangle Roofing Ormond Beach, your best, local roofer at 386-673-6600.