Hurricane season is still in full swing, in the Atlantic it begins June 1st and ends November 30th. We encourage all our home owners and contractors to continue to implement hurricane precautions to protect your home from storms, strong winds and heavy rainfall.
Your roof is a major investment and needs to be in the best condition possible when needed most, especially during a hurricane. Following the recommended steps by Harvey Building Products to effectively stay prepared throughout hurricane season.
Check for leaks before they happen. Even minor roof leaks that go unnoticed can become a big problem when a major weather event or storm hits. To detect leaks, look on interior walls and ceilings for stains and water damage that indicate a leak occurred. Also, take a flashlight into the attic during the next rainstorm and check for leaks on the underside of the roof deck and rafters.
Keep nature in check. Fallen tree branches or those that scrape against a roof can cause significant damage. Cut back large branches extending over roofs, and have a professional inspect your yard for trees that should be removed altogether. Also, clean out gutters and roof valleys clogged with leaves, branches or litter. Clogs can prevent water from draining properly.
Do preventive maintenance. Contact a professional roofing contractor to inspect your roof, and make needed repairs to flashing, caulking and shingles before the winter or storm season arrives. Most leaks occur where roofs meet sidewalls and around penetrations such as skylights, vent pipes and chimneys. Missing or broken shingles can be individually replaced, and loose shingle tabs can be re-adhered with an application of asphalt roofing cement.
Don’t delay until after the winter or storm season if your home needs roof repair. The cost of replacing a roof is only a fraction of the potential loss that could result to a home’s interior, furnishings and possessions.
Choose roofing system products for the best performance and protection. Be sure your contractor uses roofing products that meet or exceed performance standards set by ASTM, UL or building codes, including water-resistant and/or waterproofing underlayments, shingles and accessories. Choose products that protect your home from the weather and elements that are specific to your geographic location.
If your home is located in a snow zone, elect a superior quality waterproofing underlayment, such as Titanium PSU30. In high wind or hurricane areas, select a shingle that is warranted to withstand wind speeds of 110 or 130 mph. Where hailstorms are a frequent issue, select a shingle that is rated as impact-resistant to increase your protection and obtain discounted homeowners insurance that many insurance companies offer. CertainTeed offers impact-rated shingles, including Landmark® IR impact-resistant shingles.