All Florida residents and homeowners need to consider the steps they must take to protect their property each year during hurricane season—it is one of the many unique aspects of living in the state. Part of this process is making sure your roof is able to stand up to the task of protecting your home from the hard wind and rain during a big storm.
Here are a few tips from our roofing company in Panama City, FL about some of the best strategies you can implement to reinforce your roof to make sure it makes it through hurricane season:
- Find loose shingles: First things first: inspect your roof carefully, find any loose or missing shingles, and address those issues first. If you find any loose shingles, make sure you nail them down properly so there are not any weak spots on your roof that will be susceptible to wind. If there are shingles that are missing, make sure you replace them with new shingles that you also nail down properly. Any areas that have already sustained damage are more susceptible to further storm damage and could cause other areas to weaken as well.
- Address trusses and rafters: Rafters and trusses are important structural components of your roof, and will help hold up everything else. It is a good idea to reinforce them as well before hurricane season hits. What you can do here is get some construction adhesive and put it on the rafters and trusses right where they meet the roof deck. This will help the structure of your roof hold tight when the house is placed under the significant stress of heavy hurricane winds.
- Strengthen the flashing: Your flashing is tasked with keeping the rain out of your home, so obviously it’s important to make sure it’s in good condition before hurricane season. This is the metal sheathing located around vents, chimneys, windows or valleys in your roofing. If there are any gaps or other damage to the flashing, it’s a good idea to either reseal, patch, reinforce or replace the flashing to help your home stay dry.
- Roofing cement: Another way of addressing the shingles on your roof is to add a bit of roofing cement around the edges of your shingles to ensure a secure attachment. This can be done even on shingles that are still in good condition. Any shingle to which you apply roofing cement will be significantly harder to pry off.
- Hurricane products: There are certain types of products that can help your roof, including clips and tie-downs that are specially designed for hurricane-prone areas. These are sheets of twisted metal that firmly connect to your roof’s beams and the tops of your walls, ensuring a tight connection and preventing the roof from being lifted up at the overhang.
These are just a few examples of some of the steps you can take with your roofing in Panama City, FL to keep your home safe during hurricane season. Contact Greg’s Roofing of Bay County Inc. for more tips.