It has been said that the Tampa area is long overdue, for a Hurricane. So, getting your home prepared for hurricane and tropical storm season is essential, especially if you live in this area. While a major hurricane doesn’t hit every season and it can be tempting to put it off until later, being prepared in advance can help save your roof (and your home) from suffering unnecessary damage. It must also be remembered that summer thunderstorm can have wind gusts upwards of 50 mph! Here are four tips to prepare your roof for the coming hurricane season.
1: Fix Missing or Loose Shingles
Missing or loose asphalt shingles might seem like a small thing, but they can lead to big problems if they are not taken care of before a Hurricane. Nail or caulk loose shingles and replace missing ones, or contact a roofing contractor in Tampa to come and take care of it for you. This will help prevent water from leaking into the home, or other damage from wind, rain, or hail. Also check for rusted flashing, loose eave and gable end vents, soffits, or turbines and get these things fixed before the storm. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, when it comes to preparing for a storm.
2: Consider Roof Tie-Downs
These truss tie-downs, often called “hurricane straps” help to brace the roof in very high winds and severe storms. They can help ensure that you don’t lose a whole portion of the roof to a large or sustained wind gust. Not every roof will need tie-downs, but it’s a good idea to talk to Tampa area roofing contractors to find out if it is advisable for yours.It also goes w/o saying that all mobile homes need tie downs in operating condition, so be sure to check them, before Hurricane Season begins.
3: Secure Yard Items
Outdoor furniture, smokers and grills, and other decorations in your yard can quickly become flying projectiles that could damage your Tampa tile and shingle roofing. If you have these things, either tie them down or move them indoors to the garage, or shed so they don’t get loose and damage roof shingles and tiles.
4: Trim Back Trees
Trees in the yard can also become dangerous in a hurricane or tropical storm. If you have trees that hang over your home, trim them back a safe distance so they won’t break and fall onto the house during the hurricane or tropical storm.
Failing to prepare your roof for the coming storms and hurricanes we get here in Tampa can cause a significant amount of damage. Get prepared so you don’t have to worry this storm season, but if the worst happens, call us at 813 655 8777 so we can suggest a qualified Tampa Roofing Contractor.