Is your roof hurricane ready? This is one of the most important questions that you need to ask if you live in a coastal area. It does not matter how strong the storm is nor does it matter if you live on the ocean, Gulf of Mexico or in Florida. A hurricane can strike any corner of the world.
You will always want to be prepared for any natural disaster. This means that you should ensure that your home is as strong and resilient as possible so that it will be able to withstand a hurricane. The best way to do this is to inspect your roof on a regular basis to make sure that it is secure.
The next step is to find out if your home is hurricane prepared. There are many different ways that this can be done. Some people will hire an engineer to put a steel reinforcement kit on the roof, while others will choose to put tar and gravel on top of their homes. A third option that you have is to do it yourself.
If you decide to tackle the task of making your home hurricane ready on your own, then you will want to start by examining the roof. The first thing that you should do is to check to make sure that it is properly tied down. Many people skip over this step and end up having a weak and unstable roof. By tying down the roof, you will be preventing it from getting blown away in a hurricane.
Another important step that you should take is to check and double check all of the connections between your roof and other structures around your home. Make sure that the watertight connectors are strong and reinforced. This will help keep water from seeping in.
If you think that your home is hurricane ready, then the last step is to build your protection. This is where most homeowners falter. By making poor decisions when it comes to hurricane protection, you will be putting yourself in danger for a long time. One of the worst things that you can do is to leave your home without any protection. By getting a few hundred dollars worth of protection you will have a much better chance of staying safe during a hurricane.
This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which is the premier Largo Roofing Contractor! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. A Old Time Roofing has been a tradition in quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.