2017 Hurricane Season is Stronger Than Ever

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.  Continue reading

Duval in State of Emergency as Tropical Storm Colin Tears through Florida

Roof damage after tropical storm Colin ripped through JacksonvilleIn the late afternoon of Monday, June 6, tropical storm Colin made landfall in Florida, and Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for 34 Florida counties, including Duval. Colin caused over 10,000 Florida residents, from the Tampa Bay area to Jacksonville, to lose power. Jacksonville’s Westside felt the brunt of the destruction, with potential tornado damage to one residence where hundreds of shingles were torn off and damaged due to Colin’s high winds.Continue reading

How to Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Season

Protect_Your_HomeIn Florida, hurricane season is one time of year that you might never be able to fully prepare for. As much as homeowners try to protect their homes, there are some situations where you won’t have control over tropical storm damage. Instead, acting quickly to make repairs and prevent secondary damage from occurring after the storm passes is often the best vice.   There are several beneficial precautionary steps you can take, but once a storm is in full force, there is nothing more you can do other than ride it out and have an emergency preparedness and reaction plan in place for the whole family.Continue reading

Hurricane Season Damage: What You Should Look for as a Homeowner

Jacksonville, Florida doesn’t get hit by hurricanes that often, but it does happen and homeowners must be prepared for this reality. Any hurricane season can pose enormous threats to your home. Once you’ve evacuated and the storm has blown through, knowing what to look for in terms of hurricane damage can help you gain peace of mind and ensure that you get the repairs you need right away. Here’s a quick rundown of what you should look for as a homeowner to assess hurricane season damage.bigstock-Be-Prepared-49897754

The Initial Return

Before you enter the home, make sure that it is safe to do so. If the floodwaters from the hurricane have not yet receded, do not enter the home – wait until the water level drops. Storm water is not clean – it can contain a tremendous range of threats, including chemicals, waste, oil, fertilizer and more. Do not expose yourself or your family to floodwaters if at all possible.Continue reading

Hurricane Preparation and Your Roof: 10 Things Every Floridian Should Know

Storm DamageJacksonville, Florida is an amazing town, filled with things to see, do and enjoy. However, hurricane season brings with it threats that every homeowner in the area should understand. Preparing for hurricane season is an expected thing for residents, but paying special attention to your roof is vital. Hurricane preparation requires much more than just readying the window covers for a possible evacuation. Here’s what you need to know.

1. Inspect the Roof – According to expert Jacksonville roof repair professionals, the first thing you should do is perform a visual inspection of the roof. Look for loose tiles and shingles that could easily be blown off.

2. Hurricane Straps – Hurricane straps are mandatory on newer homes in Jacksonville, but many older homes lack their protection. Check to ensure that you have hurricane straps attaching your roof to the walls of your home. If not, hire an expert Jacksonville roofer to take care of this serious problem.Continue reading

How do I Prepare my Florida Home for a Hurricane Season?

Hurricanes are some of the most awe-inspiring forces in nature. We are all familiar with their tremendous destructive power that is only rivaled rainby that of earthquakes and tsunamis. From Hawaii to Maine and Texas, hurricanes bring fear and terror wherever they strike. They come with torrential rains, storm surges, floods and devastating winds. They leave in their wake a trail of destruction; destruction of our homes and with them our treasured keepsakes as well as loss of life and property. We now have reliable satellite systems that raise the alarm whenever a hurricane is imminent. Although we cannot stop hurricanes from striking every now and then, we can at least take some precautions to minimize their destructive effects and prevent loss of life and property. Here is how you can prepare your florida home for the hurricane season.

Protecting your Home from Hurricane Damage

First ensure that your home meets the building code requirements for hurricane protection. Building experts agree that homes that are built according to the recommendations of the building code are much better placed to survive in the event of violent storms. It’s a good idea to use a registered engineer or architect to advise when building your house. Keep the trees and shrubbery around the house trimmed. Cut off any trees and tree branches that are too close to the house and pose a danger of falling on the house.Continue reading

Battling Wind and Rain: Is Your Home Ready for Hurricane Season?

Evacuation Route SignJust like the warm weather and sandy beaches, hurricane season is something that comes with living in the beautiful state of Florida. Hurricane season usually lasts from June until November, and with the passing of Tropical Storm Andrea, hurricane season has officially begun. Are you and your home prepared for the coming months?

What Should I Do Before a Hurricane Hits?

There are many things you can do to prepare your home and your family from the damages and dangers a hurricane can bring. One huge part of protection is to make sure your roof is already maintained and in good condition. Taking the following precautions before a hurricane are very important:

  • Build an emergency kit and create a family communication plan.

  • Learn hurricane evacuation routes as well as the locations of higher ground. Make a plan in case you need to evacuate.

  • Cover all of your home’s windows to protect them from breaking. Permanent storm shutters or cut-to-fit marine plywood are the two best options.

  • Installing hurricane straps to secure your roof to the frame of your home will reduce roof damage.

  • Clear out clogged rain gutters and downspouts.

  • Protect your garage doors with hurricane panels, or reinforce the doors from the inside with studs or braces. If wind enters a garage it can cause expensive structural damage.

  • Make sure to secure your boat at a safe harbor or store it at a marina or dock.

  • Install a generator in case of an emergency. NEVER use a generator inside homes or garages because deadly levels of carbon monoxide can build up in these areas and linger for hours.