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Four Things You Can Do Now to Prepare Your Roof for Hurricane Season

It’s hard to believe hurricane season is less than one month away. Now is the time to make preparations to ensure the safety of your home and family. Our team at Southside is always ready to help and answer questions about how we can be of service to you and your family. We have just about seen it all and strongly recommend that you take care of potential problems with your roof as soon as possible. Whether you already know your roof needs some attention and have been putting it off or want peace of mind from knowing your roof is in tip-top shape, it’s always best to call a professional you can trust.

1. Get Your Roof Inspected One of the most important things you can do before the start of the hurricane season on June 1st is to get your roof inspected, especially if your roof is older or you already have experienced tell-tale signs of deterioration. Leaks or visibly damaged shingles are obvious signs that your roof needs attention. A comprehensive roof inspection will tell you the exact condition of your roof, and our professional roofers can tell you if your roof needs repair or replacement.

Professional, licensed roofers are equipped to assess your home and give you an accurate inspection summary of recommendations. Before you hire anyone, make sure to check their license and insurance status and customer reviews, and beware of scammers who do not have the proper credentials, experience, or track record.

2. Have Damaged Shingles Repaired If you know your roof has damage, now is the time to schedule a repair. Broken shingles or tiles, or a metal roof that shows signs of compromise, must be addressed as soon as possible. Strong winds and heavy rain will exacerbate the problem, and severe damage can occur. Seemingly minor issues compromise the integrity of your roof and may lead to costly structural damage. Identifying these issues and having your roof repaired before the storm season arrives can save you thousands of dollars down the road.

3. Assess Trees Near Your Home

Tree limbs that hang over or touch your home should be trimmed before hurricane season. Removing these branches will lessen the chance of damage to your roof and the rest of your home during a storm.

A professional tree expert can assess the health of trees surrounding your home and let you know if any might pose a threat during severe weather. Pruning large trees near your home will allow winds to flow through the tree’s branches and leaves instead of providing a dense mass, increasing the chance of your tree being uprooted during a storm.

4. Clear Out Gutters

Gutters direct water away from your roof and clogged up gutters can ultimately lead to severe roof damage. Water will find a place to go, and if your gutters are backed up, water may become trapped on your roof, resulting in shingle, fascia, and frame damage. This intrusion of water where it’s not supposed to be opens the way for mold to accumulate and spread.

Billy Savely, Sr., President of Southside Roofing, LLC, urges homeowners to act now to prepare for hurricane season. “During this time of year, we always get an increase in calls from residents who want to make sure their roof is “storm ready. It’s an optimum situation when homeowners are on an annual inspection schedule, so they know they won’t be caught off guard when a storm hits.”

With over twenty years in the roofing business, Savely knows how critical this time can be in preparing for hurricane season. “It’s our standard operating procedure to stock up on tarps and increase our shingle inventory ahead of hurricane season. We want to be ready for our customers if they need us. We do this work in advance so we can be prepared to earn the trust of our customers.”

Several years ago, Southside implemented a Preferred Call Back List to ensure that their customers received the timely service after a storm. “We wanted to make sure our customers and potential customers knew they could count on us after a storm. We follow up with everyone who has signed up to be on the list to make sure their families were safe and check to see how their home weathered the storm.” The form to sign up for Southside’s Preferred Call Back List takes less than a minute to fill out and is on the Weather Updates page of the company’s website.

Our Weather Updates page also provides links to local weather forecasts in your area.

Give the Southside Roofing team a call to schedule a roof inspection or get a free estimate. 337 ROOFING / 337 766-3464.

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