The Atlantic hurricane season is here and homeowners in Hampton Roads need to be prepared. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasts an 85% chance of an above-normal season, with a range of 17-25 total named storms for 2024. While the exact impact on your home is unpredictable, taking proactive steps to safeguard your property is essential.

The Roofing Company understands that your roof is the most vulnerable part of your home when severe weather strikes. From hail and wind to torrential rains, your roof bears the brunt of the storm's force. That's why we've compiled a list of helpful tips to reinforce your roof and mitigate the devastating effects of hurricanes.

Schedule Regular Roof Inspections: The Roofing Company recommends scheduling an annual inspection with a professional roofing contractor. This allows us to assess the condition of your roof and identify any potential problem areas before they become larger issues. As a courtesy, we offer our customers a complimentary annual inspection to keep them informed about the state of their home's most critical component.  

Reinforce Your Shingles: Hurricanes can bring winds exceeding 155 mph, easily blowing off your shingles and leaving your home unprotected. Consider upgrading to Class 3 or 4 shingles, designed to withstand these extreme wind speeds. You can also apply roofing cement or caulk to the edges of your shingles and replace any missing or improperly installed nails to reinforce your roof further.

Maintain Your Home's Exterior: Regular maintenance tasks, such as cleaning your gutters and downspouts, can go a long way in preparing your home for the hurricane season. Trim any nearby trees or remove dead branches to prevent them from falling on your roof during the storm.

Optimize Insulation and Ventilation: The balance between indoor and outdoor temperatures is crucial for proper insulation and ventilation. Ensure that your roof vents are well-anchored and sealed, and that your soffits are securely attached to prevent water from entering your home.

Understand Your Roof Warranty and Insurance Policy: Review your roof's manufacturer warranty and homeowner's insurance policy. While extreme weather damage is often not covered, being informed about your coverage can help you plan ahead and make informed decisions about protecting your home.

As homeowners ourselves, we at The Roofing Company understand the anxiety that comes with the impending hurricane season. By taking these proactive steps, you can help safeguard your home and give your family the peace of mind they deserve. To learn more about how we can assist you in preparing your Hampton Roads home, call us at (757) 982-2299.