When homeowners hear that a hurricane is coming, they run to the store, stock up on canned goods and water, maybe buy a generator, and then board up the windows. One thing that is often overlooked, and one of the most vulnerable during high wind events, is the roof of your home.
Roofing contractors in Charlotte, NC, know this well as repairing storm-damaged roofs is common in their business.
According to Charlotte expert Artie Beaty in an article posted in About Travel, a sub-site of About.com, titled A History of Hurricanes That Have Affected North Carolina:
The Carolinas have historically taken the brunt of many hurricanes. From 1851 to 2005, North Carolina has been hit by close to 50 hurricanes – 12 of them considered “major.” Twenty-two of these hurricanes were a category 1, 13 a category 2, 11 a category 3 and one was a category 4. A category 5 hurricane has never hit North Carolina directly.
Although major hurricanes are not as frequent on the coast of South Carolina, averaging one every 25 years, the impact realized in property damages and loss of life is significant. With the increase in major weather events due apparently to global climate change, preparing your home is something that any homeowner should do to protect their home and family.
Here are some things you can do to lessen the damaging effects of extreme weather events on your roof.
• Inspect your roof for any damage. Loose shingles will be one of the first things to look for as these can come off quite easily, even in less than hurricane conditions. One or two loose or damaged shingles can start a chain reaction where larger portions of undamaged shingles can be ripped off. Repair those damaged areas as soon as possible.
If you find that you have more than just a few loose or damaged shingles, you may want to consider having a roof replacement, as this is an indication that your roof has reached its useful life. On average, this is around 20-25 years.
• Trim any overhanging large branches near your roof. Have a professional arborist examine any large trees near your house that maybe should be removed all together. A lot of serious roof damage occurs because of trees falling on the home, more than the direct effect of the wind.
• Ensure that your roof framing is secured with the proper hurricane straps. This can be done by inspecting your roof framing in the attic.
Hiring professional roofing contractors in Columbia, SC to inspect your roof would be the best choice, as they have the experience and knowledge to do inspections and repairs safely and properly.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Resolve to Save Energy This Year, Energy.gov)