Hurricane season is just getting started here in Florida, so before any of the major storms strike, you might want to consider the condition of your roof and any needs you may have regarding repairs or replacement.
You should make it a point to enter hurricane season with your roof in tip-top shape—otherwise you’ll be at a higher risk for further roof damage, and potential water damage inside your home. It’s important that you prepare your property for the heavy winds and rains associated with the hurricanes.
Here are just a few reasons why it’s so important to make any needed roof repairs now, before the storms strike in Panama City, FL.
Older roofs are at greater risk
If your roof is older or has already had structural issues in the past, then it’s much more likely to experience damage during hurricane season. Look for signs such as loose or missing shingles, shingles that appear to be worn down, curling or cupping of the shingles or leaks anywhere in your roof.
If your roof is already weak, that means it’s going to have a harder time standing up to heavy rains, winds and falling debris. If you know you’re going to need to get a new roof soon anyway, it makes sense to get it done before hurricane season really gets into full gear so you can give your home the protection it needs.
Insurance can be a factor
In some cases, insurance companies might refuse to cover a roof if it is old and needs repairs. You should check the details of your insurance policy—there are some coverages that phase out after 20 years, meaning if you do end up having issues with your roof due to storms, your insurance company may not give you any coverage. In other cases, the insurance company might give you coverage, but only if you get an inspection first, before the storms. If the inspection still results in your being denied coverage, then you’ll need to give serious thought to installing a new roof for better peace of mind during hurricane season.
Defective roofs can result in water damage
You should also consider the effects that a defective roof can have on the interior of your home. Broken roofs aren’t just more susceptible to exterior damage—they’re also more likely to allow water to seep into your home, either through the ceiling or behind the walls. This can weaken these structural components of your home, and result in the spread of mold, which will eat away at the building materials of your home while also spreading spores that can be harmful to your health. Severe water damage can cause rotting wood, disease spread and infestation of pests like cockroaches, termites and other types of insects.
To learn more about the importance of repairing your roof before storm season arrives, we encourage you to contact the team at Greg’s Roofing of Bay County, Inc. We specialize in storm-related roof repair in Panama City, FL, and would be glad to answer any questions you have.