Are You Ready For Storm Season?

Your home is most likely your single biggest investment.  Storm season is one of the most crucial times of the year to make sure your home is properly protected from potential inclement weather.  Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma have already demonstrated the massive damage a hurricane can do on a roofing and siding system of a home.  Preliminary projections on the monetary damage of Hurricane Harvey put the toll on $190 billion.  This would make it the costliest disaster in United States history.  Surf & Turf Roofing believes it is invaluable to avoid potential damage to the inside of your home by ensuring the armor on the outside of your house is up to par.  Remember, if you have any questions about the safety of your roofing, siding, gutter, or window systems, you can call us today at 609-365-7663 for a free estimate.

Here are some tips that are invaluable in protecting your home against the ongoing storm season.

First, strap down your roof to the frame of the house.  Many older roofs were built before this technology was being used.  Read this helpful article from Florida’s Division of Emergency Management to find out more information about securing and retrofitting your home against hurricanes.

http://www.floridadisaster.org/hrg/content/walls/wood_frame_rtw_conn.asp

Make sure your home is water tight.  Cheap repairs will be the first to fail in a major storm.  Make sure to get a water test on your roof to make sure there is no water finding its way into your home.  If you have noticed any missing shingles on your roof it is imperative that these be fixed before a major storm. Chimneys, Pipe Collars, and Roof to Wall areas are also important to check for leaks.  Water will always follow the path of least resistance, and any holes along the path to the gutters will be easily exploited in a storm.  Skylights, exterior lights, and anywhere cables enter the home are also vulnerable areas for leaks.

Gutter protection is a great idea.  Traditional gutters require constant maintenance to keep theme free of debris and clogs.  Clogged gutters can cause damage to your roof by not ensuring proper drainage.  Pooling water due to clogged gutters can easily leak into your house and start damaging all aspects of the inside of your home.

Siding is more than just an aesthetic exterior to your home.  It is an entire system protecting your home from mother nature.  Have your home inspected for cracked or broken siding.  Make sure to have any siding that is warped or missing replaced immediately.  This would be an easy way for water to get inside your home and possibly hit wires running through walls.  One damaged piece of siding affects the integrity of the entire siding system.

Surf & Turf Roofing believes in Strength, Safety, and Security. Call us 24/7 at 609-365-7663 and have one of our estimators come out to assess the strength of your defense against the elements.  Remember, an initial investment on the safety of your home can save a litany of problems as well as save you time and money in the long run.

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