Hurricane season is right around the corner, and Floridians know how damaging these tropical storms can be for their homes. On average, hurricanes cause over $28 billion in damage each year. If you don’t want to be a part of that statistic, take these steps now to help prevent water damage in your home.
There are a few things Florida homeowners should check off their list when preparing for a major storm. If you want to keep the inside of your home dry during a hurricane, consider the following:
- Seal gaps. Thoroughly inspect your home for any cracks or gaps that could get bigger due to extreme weather. Use caulking or another sealing agent to fill the gaps so water cannot get in.
- Trim trees. Any trees or foliage near your roof should be properly trimmed, cut, or tied up. Since hurricanes can reach winds over 156 mph, any plants or objects near your home that are not secure could crash into your roof and create a large leak.
- Board up windows and doors. Keep glass from breaking and doors from flying open by boarding them up with strong plywood. This will not only prevent damage, but keep water from entering your home.
- Reinforce entrances with sandbags. Whether you decide to board up your doors or not, you should pack sandbags in front of all of the entrances of your home to prevent wind from blowing water through the cracks.
- Check up on your roof. As Central Florida’s top roofing company for nearly 10 years, we can say with great certainty that an old or damaged roof will not survive a hurricane. Many homeowners do not even realize their roofs are damaged or old, nor do they know what to look for to determine if they need repairs or a roof replacement. That’s where Roof Commander comes in.
Before the stormy season starts, we suggest working with the experts at Roof Commander to ensure your roof is ready for strong winds and heavy rain. With our experience and knowledge, we can leave you feeling safe and ready to endure whatever this hurricane season may bring. If you’re ready to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!