February Storms Hit Northeast Florida Homes Hard: Make Sure Your Roof is Ready for the 2020 Hurricane Season

If this February’s cold fronts have taught us anything, it’s that we are susceptible to powerful windstorms even outside of hurricane season. A few weeks ago, some Northeast Florida residents experienced wind gusts as high as 76 mph as strong winter storms wreaked havoc on area homes, properties, roadways and communities leaving up to 20,000 without power. Read news article about this latest storm.

“Homeowners should always have an expert conduct a quick inspection on their roof to see if the home has sustained any damage from a fierce storm.”

Arthur J. Wells, Owner and CEO of AJ Wells Roofing & Construction

There are a few months left before the 2020 hurricane season officially starts. Now is the recommended time to assess any roof damage or vulnerabilities caused by this last winter storm in order to ensure your roof is weather-ready for the next one.

Looking Back

While it is frustrating to think about hurricanes during the five months of reprieve, a look back at last year’s storms reminds us about the importance of staying diligent in our preparations in order to keep our families protected year-round. Recent winter storms have done their fair share of damage, some residents just beginning to circumvent the insurance claims process. If last year was any indication, we know hurricane season can bring much bigger storms with stronger winds and greater damage our way. 

“It is also a good idea to hire a contractor that has the aptitude and trade knowledge to put your roof back together the right way and get your home back up to par.”

Arthur J. Wells, Owner and CEO of AJ Wells Roofing & Construction

According to NOAA, 2019 marked the fourth consecutive above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. Last year there were 18 named storms, including six hurricanes of which three were major storms of Cat 3, 4 or 5. Luckily, Dorian stayed 90 miles off the First Coast, but it still caused area property damage from its heavy rains and winds.

The list of names for the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Looking Ahead

Stay in front of the storms in your home’s maintenance and upkeep, especially as it pertains to your roof. According to NOAA, right now is the time for families and communities to become weather-ready and prepare for the season ahead of us.

If you were hit hard by February winds, falling branches, power lines and debris, a roof inspection is recommended to assess, repair and restore your home. A quick roof inspection will help you to identify any recent damage or vulnerabilities caused by these recent winter storms. It is important to deal with repairs before the next storm occurrence. When roof damage is left unaddressed, the next storm can compound your property damage and quickly change your need for a small repair to a full roof replacement. This is the difference of thousands of dollars.

“It is also a good idea to hire a contractor that has the aptitude and trade knowledge to put your roof back together the right way and get your home back up to par.”

Arthur J. Wells, Owner and CEO of AJ Wells Roofing & Construction

The roofer will make sure that your roof:

  • New signs of leaks and/or water damage on your ceiling
  • Tree limbs, branches and/or debris on your roof
  • Missing or creased shingles

Looking to a Professional

If you suspect your roof has sustained any damage from winter storms, it is important to have it properly assessed before the next storm arrives. Roof damage, like unseen wind damage, can become larger and more costly issues when they go unrepaired. Roofs present safety challenges ​for​ ​homeowners​ who ​​try​ ​to​ ​do​ ​a​ ​self-inspection. A licensed, experienced and trustworthy roofing contractor can detect roof damage before it threatens the integrity of your home’s structure and they can do it safely. 

A.J. Wells Roofing & Construction offers free inspections to guide you in the right direction whether you need repairs, a replacement or recommendations before filing an insurance claim for storm damage.

“If you have experienced a storm this winter and haven’t had your roof inspected, give us a call at 904 553-0069. We have the most qualified, trustworthy, trained and knowledgeable staff in storm restoration, and we can help.”

Arthur J. Wells, Owner and CEO of AJ Wells Roofing & Construction

Roof damage from a winter storm is an issue you can’t afford to put off with hurricane season around the next corner. We can help. Schedule your free roof inspection today!

About AJ Wells Roofing Contractors, Inc

AJ Wells Roofing Contractors, Inc. is a general contractor and leading roofing business headquartered out of Jacksonville, FL, serving homeowners throughout Northeast Florida since 2003. Owner and CEO Arthur J. Wells founded the family-owned and operated company, leading a highly seasoned team of roofing experts and technicians who specialize in insurance restoration, re-roofing projects to replace old roofs, and roofs repairs resulting from a loss occurrence. The main office is located at 5651 Colcord Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32211. To find out more, visit www.ajwellsroofing.com or call 904 553-0069.

Article References

NOAA: Active 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season Comes to an End:

https://www.noaa.gov/media-release/active-2019-atlantic-hurricane-season-comes-to-end

National Weather Service: Hurricane Safety Tips and Resources

https://www.weather.gov/safety/hurricane

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