Common Roofing Mistakes To Avoid During Florida’s Hurricane Season

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Common Roofing Mistakes To Avoid During Florida’s Hurricane Season

Living here in Florida, there are several common roofing mistakes to avoid during Florida’s hurricane season. Most often, we prepare for storms by boarding up our homes, using sandbags, or we focus on our safety on a smaller scale. However, in doing so, we neglect another critical issue—our roofs. 

Believe it or not, keeping our roofs well-maintained is one of the most important measures we can take to ensure the longevity of our homes. Besides, without a roof, our homes are no longer livable! 

That’s why it’s necessary to perform regular maintenance on your roof to prevent storms from compromising its integrity. So, if you’re wondering how you can prepare for storm season before it hits, there are several tips you can follow.

6 Steps To Protect Your Roof From Hurricane Damage

Hurricane season can be scary! Depending on where you live in the Greater Tampa Bay Area, you never know how severe the hurricane will be and if it will hit your house.

It’s always better to be safe than sorry. And protecting your roof is one way to stay safe and save money.

Here are some common mistakes to avoid:

  1. Proper roof inspection: Having regular inspections is necessary to check for any cracks in your roof, whether it be cement, ceramic, metal, or TPO. By scheduling these roof inspections before hurricane season, you can prevent catastrophic injury to your shingles or tiles. Doing so will cost you less in extensive repairs.
  1. Secure Loose Or Damaged Shingles: Having compromised shingles can exacerbate the amount of repairs needed following a storm. Neglecting these issues causes shingles or tiles to become waterlogged, dislodged, loose, cracked, or missing. With a professional inspection, repairs will help maintain the structural integrity of your home. Professionals will make sure that your roof will withstand high wind speeds and water infiltration.
  1. Reinforce Roof Attachments: when preparing for hurricane season, it’s important to reinforce any roof attachments, such as the flashings (flat and thin material used to prevent water from entering the cracks on your roof), gutters, and vents to withstand heavy winds and rainfall.  This will minimize potential leaks and water damage. Taking the time to prepare for these issues will prevent you from losing your home.
  1. Trim Surrounding Trees and Branches: During storms with high winds, trees and large branches may crash into your roof. And if any trees are within falling distance of your home, it’s best to remove or trim them far enough to prevent this from happening. Otherwise, it may cost you more to repair your home than to remove the trees!
  1. Ensure Proper Roof Drainage: if you have improperly installed or dirty gutters, this may, putting your home and roof at risk for rot, deterioration, and mold. During rainstorms, water can collect under your shingles and pool until they begin to ripple and lift up from the house. As a result, this will also weaken your soffits and fascia. 
  1. Install Hurricane Straps: hurricane straps, made out of galvanized metal, help keep the roof fastened to the walls in high winds. These can be difficult to install as a do it yourself project, so it’s best to hire a roofing company or professional contractor. 

Common roofing mistakes to avoid: #1 Don’t Call Your Local Roofing Contractor for a Roof Inspection

If you feel overwhelmed by the preparations and precautions for the Florida hurricane season, don’t worry! You are not alone. To maximize your roof’s resilience, our dedicated and passionate experts at Bay To Bay Roofing can assist you with roof repair, installation, and storm preparation. 

Call Bay to Bay Roofing today to book your free estimate and consult our experienced professionals. We can inspect your roof and answer your most pressing questions. With over 30 years of combined experience, we are ready and willing to assist you with any of your roofing needs!