This year’s storm season is on its way and one of the best thing homeowners can do for the safety of their home is prepare as much as possible. According to the National Hurricane Center, the Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15 to November 30 and the Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. Homeowners should have a plan in place for how to protect their homes as much as possible from damage and their roofs should be a part of that plan.
Here are three things homeowners can do to prepare and protect their roofs this upcoming storm season:
One of the easiest steps you can take to prepare for an approaching storm is by simply taking a picture of your roof before a storm hits. These pictures can be used as a point of comparison in case your home gets hit during a storm. IKO Industries recommends you get images of your roof from all angles and some close-ups too. They also say it’s useful for you to back up your photos in case something happens to your phone.
Roof inspections are also something you should schedule before and after a storm. Even if you think your roof looks fine, it’s never a bad call to get a professional opinion. A roofing contractor has a good eye for any potential problems you might overlook. You can find a trustworthy roofer in your area by using our R-Club Map or our directory on RoofersCoffeeShop.com.
If you’ve been hit by a storm, you might find someone knocking on your door offering to fix your roof. You’ll want to be careful though, as these people could just be storm chasers from out of town. These contractors travel from town to town and offer roof repairs and replacements after the area has been hit by a storm. Sometimes they will repair your roof poorly and when you try to have them fix it, they are already on to the next town.
The Colorado Roofing Association (CRA) advises homeowners to check these storm-focused contractors’ licenses and insurance as most of them will not have any. They also encourage you to ask them, and any roofer you come into contact with, for a referral. If you get any push back, you might be getting scammed. Although many of your local roofers will be busy after a storm, it’s still best to have them work on your roof instead of a storm chaser.
For more information on what to do when a storm is approaching or has already hit your home, we highly recommend you visit the National Weather Service website. There you’ll find a wealth of resources on how to prepare more than just your roof, but your entire home and family from storms and hurricanes.
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