4 Ways to Make Your Roof Hurricane Proof

For more than 30 years, Tom Jannace Roofing has been providing superior residential roofing services on Long Island. With an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, an Angie’s List Super Service Award winner, and a commitment to customer satisfaction, this GAF Certified roofing contractor will not only meet your residential roofing needs, they’ll exceed them. It’s no wonder why Tom Jannace Roofing is the first company Long Island homeowners call when they’re in need of roofing services.

As hurricane season approaches, it’s important for Long Islander’s to take the time to secure their homes from high winds and drenching rains. Superstorm Sandy, the most powerful hurricane of the 2012 hurricane season, caused widespread damage to homes across the Island. If homeowners had taken the time to prepare their roofs in advance of the storm, there’s a chance that they could have avoided – or at least minimized – the destruction. If there’s one thing that the historic storm taught Long Islanders, it’s that taking the steps to be prepared for a hurricane is crucial.

When a storm approaches, one of the most vital components to keeping your home and family safe from flooding and wind damage is the roof. Unfortunately, the roofs on many Long Island homes – particularly older homes – are not secure enough to withstand heavy winds and rains. To keep your home as safe as possible from the next hurricane that tears through the area, here are some steps that you can take to protect your roof.

Perform a Thorough Inspection

A roof takes the brunt of a hurricane’s force. With winds that can exceed 160 miles per hours, a hurricane can do extensive damage to a roof, tearing off tiles, shingles, and even the underlying deck. When it’s well-maintained, a roof has a better chance of withstanding high winds.

Take the time to conduct a thorough inspection of your roof. Check the surface and pay attention to any signs of damage, such as loose, curled, or missing shingles or tiles. Look for gaps between the shingles or tiles. If possible, head into your attic or crawlspace and inspect the underside of the roof. Assess the trusses or rafters; if you see a protrusion of nail tips, it could be a sign that the roof deck isn’t fully secured.

If you aren’t confident with your DIY efforts, have a reputable roofing contractor inspect your roof and make any necessary repairs.

Trim Surrounding Trees

Have any tree branches and limbs that are hanging within close proximity to your roof trimmed back. When winds start picking up, trees can become extremely dangerous for your roof. They can rub across the surface and tear away shingles, or they can fall off and puncture your roof.

Trimming your trees will help to prevent damage to your roof, not just during a hurricane, but during any other storm, as well.

Clean Out the Gutters

Gutters are an integral part of your home’s drainage system. Rainwater runoff collects in the gutters, pours out of downspouts, and is directed away from your home. If the gutters are clogged, water won’t be able to flow freely through them, which can cause serious damage to your roof and your home.

Get up on the roof and pull out any twigs, branches, leaves, and other debris that has accumulated in the gutters. If heights aren’t your thing, you can purchase supplies that are designed to clean your gutters from the ground; or better yet, you can have a professional roofing contractor clean them for you. While the contractor is cleaning out the gutters, he or she can also inspect them to ensure they are working properly.

Consider “Tying Down” Your Roof

Hurricane winds can be powerful enough to lift the roof off of your home. Roof tie-downs, also known as hurricane clips, can prevent wind damage by securing your roof in place. These tie-downs are made of durable metal and connect the roof to the walls of your house from the inside. The added support reduces the likelihood of having your roof torn off by high winds, so it may be worth your while to have hurricane clips installed by a roofing contractor.

Hurricane season is just around the corner. Being proactive and taking steps to hurricane proof your roof is the best way to shield your Long Island home from heavy rains and high winds. To ensure your roof is in tip-top condition and ready to take on any storm – even a powerful hurricane – contact the experts at Tom Jannace Roofing today! Their professional roofing contractors will make sure that your roof is ready to stand guard and protect your home and your family from any hurricanes that may come our way.