4 Simple Checks to Know if Your Roof is Ready For The Next Hurricane (and Winter)

It’s your first line of defense. If covers and protects the foundation and bones of your house. It covers and protects your treasures within. And most importantly, it covers and protects your family.

Your ROOF. It needs to be right!

So, how often should this “protector of all” have a really  good inspection? 

Every year. 

And if you roof hasn’t been inspected in a while, the best time is now. Winter snow and ice is only a few months away, but Virginia is in the height of Atlantic hurricane season. Even the 95 mph winds of a CAT 1 hurricane can damage your roof, shingles, vinyl siding and gutters. And we recently witnessed the damaging deluge of rain with hurricane Harvey, the powerful wind destruction of Irma, and Maria is on her way. 

This really good inspection might be one you leave to the pros. But there are telltale signs that anyone can see, just not always from the ground. The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) says there are 4 warning signs a roof needs repair or replacement. If you suspect damage from a sudden weather event, such a hail or high wind storm, check these lickity-split:

  1. Loose, worn, broken or missing shingles
  2. Noticeable gaps or missing seals
  3. Ridge vents that are not attached well
  4. Signs of water staining, especially around the chimney, vents or pipes

Now, lean in. We're about to let you in on a little secret only the experts know. 

If your roof is old or beyond repair and it comes time to replace it, there are a few super smart and low cost ways to bring in an extra layer of protection

Did we mention it needs to be done right? : ) 

And the average roofing contractor most likely will not do these things unless you ask for it. IBHS has a specific handful of ways to make roofs go the extra mile. These include things like re-nailing and sealing for an added layer of protection. We agree 100% because we’ve seen what the destructive duo, wind and water, can do.

This is a big ticket item. So, start with a reputable licensed and bonded roofing contractor and avoid scammers. Take the time to actually check their references (please and thank you). Then, share how you want to fortify your roof with the contractor. Be crystal clear about your expectations.

Remember all those things that depend on getting your roof done right, especially keeping your loved ones safe and sound!

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