Hurricane season is a daunting time for Jacksonville residents. With the Weather Company’s prediction of 14 named storms and 3 major hurricanes during the 2017 season, your family’s safety should be number one on your priority list. Keeping a stable roof over your loved one’s heads this season can ease some of the worries that come with these unexpected storms. If your roof was lucky enough to hold up during Hurricane Matthew, that doesn’t mean the harm it underwent will hold its own during this upcoming hurricane season. The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is forecast to be more active than historical averages with regard to the number of named storms. Don’t let your roof fall by the wayside. Here are a few vital signs to look for on your roof to know if replacing it is the way to go before these storms kick into high gear:
The effects of wind damage
Your roof can be vulnerable to heavy wind damage that can ruin its durability. Wind damage can have a serious effect on your roof during a violent hurricane or storm. A missing, or fallen shingle can seem like a small matter, but in reality, one absent shingle can lead to severe roof damage. Loss of shingles can lead to open areas within your roof. These unprotected areas are left defenseless to water intrusion, leaving you with an even bigger mess to deal with.
Check the interior walls
Sometimes the best way to recognize if your roof has damage is to take a look inside your home. By examining your interior walls and ceiling, you may be able to spot signs of potential leaking before it’s too late. If you notice brown spots in these areas, it is a very strong indicator that you already have a leak in your roof. With the heavy downpours that accompany these destructive storms, don’t put your roof at a disadvantage before it even hits.
Be realistic about its current quality
The age of your roof, as well as the current condition, can give you an idea of where your roof stands before a storm hits. Without a structurally sound roof in place, your home is not guaranteed safety this storm season. Here are a few signs to look for that it might be time for a thorough roof inspection, or a replacement altogether:
- Your roof was installed 15 + years ago
- There were prior leaks in your roof structure
- The edges of the shingles are beginning to lift or curl
- The material of your roof is becoming brittle
Remove any debris
It is best to remove any debris that may be lying on your roof. Although the debris may not be causing an obvious, or immediate damage, it can harbor excess moisture within your roof. This sitting moisture can lead to mold, mildew, and the general weakening of your underlying roof structure. Not the most steady foundation to enter hurricane season with.
Although your roof may look fine, a careful inspection of the details is what might save you and your family from potential danger this storm season. These inspections can get tricky, so call the professionals at AJ Wells Roofing Contractors to catch what you might not be able to. We’re here for all your roofing needs 24/7, just call us today at (904) 553-0069.