4 Tips for Preparing Your Roof for a Hurricane

September 8, 2020

It's that time of the year again - the weather is warm, the sun is shining, and hurricanes are brewing. The entire Atlantic Coast is at an even greater risk this year, since meteorologists have predicted an over-active hurricane season. Furthermore, Florida statistically has more hurricanes than any other U.S. state. Taking proper measures and being properly informed will help you and your family stay safe. Continue reading to find out how Nationwide Roofing suggests you prepare your roof this hurricane season with these 4 simple tips below.

Tip 1: Review Your Insurance Policy

When it comes to hurricane preparedness, start here. Be proactive and review your current insurance policy. Make sure there are no coverage gaps in your policy and that you fully understand your policy terms, amounts, etc. Addressing any questions or concerns you have before potential damage occurs can save you valuable time and money in the long run.

Ensure that you have a safe, dry place to store important documentation, including warranties, insurance policies, photos of your home, contact information, and more. Having these documents prepared, easily accessible, and secure will eliminate added stress when the time comes to utilize the documents.

In regards to filing an insurance claim after a hurricane, you need to have well-documented evidence of the damage. Fortunately, our team at Nationwide Roofing has helped many customers assess and document roof damage after a storm. However, you're also going to want to have photos and documentation of what your house looked like before the storm as a comparison. That will make your claim significantly more impactful and you will be even more likely to get approved.

Tip 2: Schedule a Roof Inspection

Yes, it is very important to inspect your insurance policy, but it is also very important to inspect your roof. Better yet, call on a professional to do so - for free! Our team at Nationwide Roofing offers free roof inspections. We have over 75 years combined experience in our industry and have extensive knowledge when it comes to storm damage. As leading roofing specialists, we will identify any damage you may have obtained from recent hail, hurricanes, or thunderstorms.

A proper roof inspection consists of inspecting several different roofing components, including making sure the membrane doesn't have any rips or deterioration, the flashing is properly secured, there are no leaks, all equipment is mounted properly, your gutters are clear, etc.

If your roof has damage, you may be entitled to a roof replacement covered by your insurance company. If your roof doesn't have any damage, then you can rest assured knowing you're safe and secure for the upcoming storms.

Tip 3: Trim Overhanging Trees Near Your Roof

Thunderstorms and hurricanes are notorious for causing damage due to their high winds. Trees branches blowing in the wind can hit your roof if they're not trimmed. They can also break off and potentially fall on top of your roof as well, causing catastrophic damage to your home. Eliminate these possibilities by trimming branches that are hanging over your roof or are close to your roof. Keep in mind that a lot of professionals suggest trimming branches back so that they are at least 6 feet away from your roof.

Tip 4: Clean Out Your Gutters

Gutters play an important part in the function of your roof and are often neglected. Free-flowing waterways prevent standing water from forming on top of your roof. If water isn't able to drain and gets backed up, it could start to leak into your home through holes and damaged areas. Clear out your gutters so they are ready to function at their fully capability during the upcoming storms.

We look forward to being there for you no matter what the forecast says. Check in to learn our tips and tricks to keep you covered and in a sunshine state of mind.

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