The state of Florida has a long history of hurricanes and tropical storms making landfall. Residents tend to brush off storm alerts leaving them to panic when the impact is greater than expected. All residents must ensure there is a plan in place to keep their families and property safe, and make the preparations needed for your home now. Here are some helpful tips to ensure you and your roof are able to weather any storm.
Secure any loose items in your yard.
Patio furniture and all outdoor accessories that could take flight should be stored in your garage, shed or home. Stowing your vehicle is also important. If you don’t have a garage, move your car away from any large trees that may fall and cause damage.
Keep branches away from your home.
Branches should be more than six feet from your house. They can act like large whips damaging your roof system. Examine the trees in your yard. Storms will often snap large tree branches, which can damage your home’s siding, smash your car, or even topple power lines.
Secure doors and windows.
When debris is flying through the air and breaks a window, it suddenly increase the pressure inside your home and your roof will act like a giant parachute. To prevent this from occurring, make sure your doors and windows are tightly secured and locked during the height of the storm. If you cover your windows, it’s best to use plywood.
Take an inventory of your home.
Unfortunately, you may have some damage after a storm and you want to make sure you’re ready for the insurance company. Prepare by taking photos and videos of your home so you can provide to an adjuster.
Make sure your insurance policy is current.
Make sure that you have no coverage gaps. If a tree hits your home, contact your insurance company, then contact a licensed tree service. They will help you get the tree off of your roof and tarp it. Then call AWS Roofing to help you with the damage sustained to your roof. We also have tarps available and crews ready to help secure your home as quickly as possible after storms.