Are you a first-time homeowner? Is your residential property located in South Florida? If so, there is one impactful event you should expect to begin this summer. The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season, the period in a year when hurricanes usually form in the Atlantic Ocean, kicks off on June 1st. From then until November 30th, South Florida property owners will be on the lookout for anything from tropical storms to severe hurricanes. As a first-time homeowner, there may be anticipation around how hurricane season will affect your Miami-Dade County, Broward County, or Palm Beach County property, especially its roofing system. All American Roofing can describe the routine steps you should take to care for your roof before, during, and after a potentially harmful storm.
Prepare your roof
If you have never experienced a severe storm while owning your current residential property, you may want to ask yourself these questions: How did the roofing system fare during the last inspection? How old is the entire roofing system? Does my roof need simple repairs, or does it need a completely new roofing system to brave a potential storm? Thankfully, a professional roofer can help you answer these questions and properly diagnose your roof. The roofer may only suggest a few simple repairs, like replacing missing or damaged shingles, patching a roof leak, or restoring faulty gutters and downspouts, to safeguard the system. If not addressed, these damages can worsen during the next storm, ultimately compromising the integrity of your roofing system.
When a storm is projected, local officials will recommend an appropriate time frame in which to expect severe weather patterns. Be sure to brace yourself for heavy rainfall, strong winds, and flying debris during a Florida hurricane. Follow instructions from Miami-Dade County, Broward County, or Palm Beach County officials in the event of an emergency.
Expect roof repairs
After the hurricane has passed and it is safe to emerge from your home, check your roofing system for mild to severe damage. You will most likely need to repair some areas of your residential roof. If asphalt shingles were not well secured, they may have flown off your roof. Flying debris may have also damaged your shingles, leaving your home vulnerable to roof leaks and other related issues. Schedule a professional roofing company to inspect remaining shingles, exhaust pipes, and the outer edges where the roof meets the walls.
Additionally, extreme rain during the hurricane may have aggravated any existing cracks or leaks on your roof. Most first-time homeowners are unaware of water’s damage potential, as excess moisture can be fatal to the internal structure of your home. Immediately after a storm, look for stains on ceilings or walls. If you do find any leaks, call a roofing expert to prevent the problem from escalating.
There is no doubt being a first-time homeowner comes with its growing pains. Do not let hurricane season add to your stress as a new residential property owner. To learn more about how to safeguard your roof from a hurricane, roof repairs, or complete roof replacements, contact All American Roofing at 954-772-ROOF(7663). All American Roofing is a licensed and insured roofing company with over 50+ years of combined experience aiding properties all throughout Miami-Dade County, Broward County, and Palm Beach County.
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