When Hurricane Irma was approaching Florida, it wasn’t expected to head up the Sun Coast, so many homeowners here were left scrambling to make last-minute storm preparations. Fortunately, we were spared extreme devastation, but the North Port area may not be that lucky when storm season rolls around again. If you look at Irma as a lesson learned, you’ll want to make sure your home is protected against storm damage, starting with the most vulnerable structural element: the roof. Here are some ways to get your roof ready for future storms:
Schedule a Roof Inspection
Having your roof inspected by a knowledgeable local roofing contractor is a smart first step when preparing for stormy weather. During an inspection, a pro can evaluate the roof’s overall condition and identify any roofing repairs needed to keep your home watertight. They can also give you an estimate of your roof’s expected lifespan, and discuss replacement options that can provide the best protection, like Owens Corning shingles with SureNail technology for 130-mph wind resistance.
Take Care of Your Gutter System
A good gutter system is essential to redirect rainwater away from your roof, cladding, foundation and landscaping during a storm. If your gutters clog up repeatedly from leaves and other debris, they may not perform well when it’s necessary. Adding effective gutter protection can help ensure that rain flows freely and gets sent out the downspouts. The right protection can also give your gutters extra strength and help them last longer.
Have Surrounding Trees Trimmed Back
Overhanging tree limbs pose a serious danger to your roof if they come crashing down during a storm. To minimize the risk of roof punctures and serious leaks, keep nearby trees trimmed back at least 10 feet from your roof.
Beef Up Your Roof-to-Wall Connections
It’s worth getting the advice of an experienced North Port roofer about the benefits of having hurricane straps installed on all of your roof trusses. Doing so can help anchor your roof to the wall top plates, which makes it less vulnerable to being lifted by strong winds during a storm. If you have an older home, you may only have hurricane straps in place on every second truss, or just on the corners of the structure.
To have your roof inspected, schedule roofing repairs, discuss your home’s roof-to-wall connections or learn more about gutter protection, contact us at Mark Kaufman RoofingHow to Prioritize Storm Damage