2020 Atlantic hurricane season runs June 1, 2020 – November 30, 2020 according to the National Hurricane Center. They list the major hurricane hazards as storm surge and storm tide, heavy rainfall and inland flooding, high winds, rip currents and tornadoes. At the time of this post, the first depression or storm of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season is already a possibility as reported by The Weather Channel. Several forecasters are predicting a ‘very active’ hurricane season this year. Mother nature is unpredictable; it’s important to take natural disasters seriously. As a professional roofing company that has served the Southeast since 2003, we’re sharing a few pointers when it comes to hurricane season and your roof.
Preparedness is Key
Although much is out of our control with extreme weather, ready.gov has a host of helpful resources on preparedness. Their planning section covers everything from shelter and safety skills to pets and animals. Business owners may find their “Ready Business” section of particular benefit. With a focus on roofing at Bone Dry, we recommend reviewing your roofing warranty and paperwork. Carefully following the recommendations on maintenance and documentation puts you one step ahead.
Assess Your Landscaping for Possible Hazards
There may be some obvious roofing hazards in your yard, such as overhanging branches and trees that are dead or dying. A recent This Old House article points out that during heavy rains or flooding, “poorly rooted or sited trees can blow over onto your house.” Survey your landscaping and take care of limbs and trees that may pose a threat to your roof. The Arbor Day Foundation covers red flags for trees on your property, including signs of infection, dead branches in the tree’s crown, poor growth, root defects, a compromised trunk and a tree that is leaning or near power lines.
Schedule a Roof Inspection
Depending on when your home was built and who has handled roof replacement and repair over time, there is a chance your roof is not as structurally sound as it should be. We recommend scheduling a roof inspection when you have concerns. Home Advisor reports that a roof inspection may uncover potential issues with your roof. A team of professionals will check for rot, rust, cracks and more. Based on their findings, additional steps may be necessary to get your roof in better shape for high winds, water and storms.
Have Your Gutters Professionally Cleaned
Do you know the potential damage that clogged gutters can pose to your roof? With no place to go, water in your gutters can negatively affect roof shingles, not to mention the possible mold and mildew that may form on your home’s exterior due to excess moisture. We recommend having your gutters cleaned twice a year.
Make sure you partner with the best roofing company in your area. Bone Dry Roofing, locally owned and operated in Charleston, SC, Bone Dry Roofing, locally owned and operated in St. Simons, Bone Dry Roofing, locally owned and operated in Athens, GA. You can contact us today to talk about hurricane season and your roof at 1-855-BONEDRY.