You expect your home to be safe, warm and dry no matter what the weather might be doing outside. Jacksonville homeowners should be able to rely on their roofs and walls to keep out rain and wind, while protecting their possessions and their family. However, is your home and roof really stormproof? Can it withstand hurricane force winds? If it’s not, you need the help of an expert Jacksonville roofing repair company. Actually, determining if your home is safe or not is relatively easy if you follow the right steps. This is what you need to do.
Start with the Roof
The roof of your home is the most important element in ensuring that you and your family are safe from the ravages of storms. You need to conduct a full evaluation of the roof, including the roof covering (your shingles), the roof decking and more. Check for missing or damaged shingles on the roof (or tiles, if you have a tiled roof). If you spot any damage, repair it immediately, but take things a step further. Look for signs of roof leaks in your attic to determine the extent of the existing damage and then contact a Jacksonville roofer to repair the problem.
You should also inspect all the seals and flashing on your roof (around pipe vents, exhaust fans and the like). If your home has a chimney, inspect the flashing around it as well. If you spot signs of damage, repair the problem immediately.
You should also make sure that your roof is reinforced. Truss braces can be installed under your roof to help provide greater strength during storms and hurricanes. These should be installed by a professional roofer, though. In addition to roof trusses, make sure your roof is secured to the walls of your home by hurricane strapping (mandatory on newer homes in the Jacksonville area).
Windows and Doors
The entry points to your home are very real dangers during a storm or hurricane (particularly during a hurricane). Even if you have impact-resistant glass in your doors and windows, consider installing storm shutters or another system that provides a protective outer layer over the glass. Hurricanes in particular are capable of throwing debris with amazing force (comparable to a bullet), so protecting your doors and windows is imperative. If you cannot afford to invest in storm shutters or a similar system, you can hang plywood over them to add an additional layer of protection, though this isn’t as secure as a professionally installed storm shutter.
Prep the Yard
While most Jacksonville residents think that wind is the main threat here, it’s actually what the wind carries with it. Anything in your yard is a potential missile that might fly through a window, door or wall. Make sure you keep your yard clean and free of debris – pickup fallen limbs, cut back trees close to your home and secure loose items that might damage the house.
One of the most important steps in ensuring your home is stormproof is having a professional roof inspection. At A.J. Wells, our Jacksonville roofing professionals will inspect every element of the roof, from the roof covering to truss braces, tie-downs, boots and seals, and then make recommendations on what needs to be done to ensure that your home is properly protected. A full inspection is quick, and you’ll be assured of accuracy (it’s definitely a better bet than doing it yourself).