The Atlantic hurricane season starts June and lasts until the end of November. Thankfully, this year’s hurricane season won’t be as busy as what federal forecasters previously thought. According to an August 9, 2013 NJ.com news article:
“The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration updated its hurricane season forecast Thursday, trimming back the number of hurricanes they expect this year to between six and nine. That’s a couple less than they predicted back in May,” the article states. Nevertheless, experts still urge residents to have a plan for evacuation and to secure their property. One way you can prepare is to see to it that your roof is well-protected.
Examine your roof’s structure
How are the trusses reinforced or supported? Is the roofing material in good condition and installed properly? In the face of a hurricane, metal roofs can suffer from loose anchoring or rust, and tiles or shingles can come loose. It’s extremely beneficial to hire a Monmouth County, NJ roof contractor like All County Exteriors to inspect your roof and ensure that it can withstand heavy rain and winds.
Reinforce your roof
After the inspection, the roofer will inform you if reinforcements are indeed necessary. If your carpentry skills are up to par, you can install additional braces yourself, or you can have the friendly Monmouth County, NJ roofing contractor who inspected your roof do it for you. By reinforcing your roof before a storm, you can keep away from costly damage later.
Install hurricane straps
Hurricane straps are metal straps that secure the roof to the walls of a home. These are especially valuable to homes in high-risk areas like the Jersey Shore. Ensuring that your roof is securely attached to your home during a storm can prevent extensive property damage as well as save lives.
Although this year’s hurricane season is not expected to be extremely busy, “[t]he chance that 2013 will be busier than normal remains at 70 percent,” says the Nj.com article. Experts continue to warn of an unusually active and potentially dangerous few months to come. Have your roof inspected as soon as possible to guarantee your safety.
(Info from Hurricane Season in N.J. Expected to be Active, But Not as Busy as First Thought, NJ.com, August 9, 2013)