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Is Your Roof Ready?

Starting June 1st, and lasting through the end of November, hurricane season has officially begun. According to the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University, the 2020 hurricane season is expected to be more active than usual. According to the CSU outlook, 19 named storms are expected to develop, nine are to become hurricanes, and four of those hurricanes to become major hurricanes. With the uncertainty of whether one of these 19 named storms will hit the U.S., all coastal residents should take the proper precautions necessary. With the peak of the season beginning mid-August, this still gives you ample time to aptly prepare your locations and ensure you have the documentation needed should the unthinkable occur.

Step 1: Schedule a roof inspection

Being in an area that is prone to hurricanes, it is essential that you get your roof inspected before each hurricane season approaches. During these visits, Holland will inspect the roof membrane, flashings, mounted equipment and gutters to ensure there are no rips, punctures, or holes and confirm that everything is properly attached. At the end of your inspection, you will receive a detailed report with recommendations and estimated cost of repairs. Remember, it will cost you less to fix problems now, rather than later, after a storm causes more damage.

Step 2: Review your roof warranty and insurance policy to ensure all is up-to-date and that you understand the coverage provided.

If you are unsure about your warranty or the duration, Holland can help you define the manufacturer and assist in obtaining any active warranties. Please contact us directly for more information.

Step 3: Clean any and all debris build up from gutters and drains.

Excessive amounts of water are certain to occur during a tropical storm or hurricane. It is important that you keep your gutters and drains cleared to allow the water to drain to the ground. If your drains are not cleared, ponding will occur and will weigh down your roof. It is important to note that roughly 500-1,000 gallons of rainwater equals 4,000-8,000 pounds. That’s comparable to a Hummer parked on top of your roof. Extreme amounts of weight on your roof can cause immense damage or potentially cause your roof to collapse. Another common issue is for the roof to drain slower than designed, causing water to start coming into your building through penetrations (Rooftop Unit, Skylights, pipes, vents, etc.). Keeping all draining systems clear is an important step to help prevent these issues.

Step 4: Clear or trim any trees or bushes.

High winds are also a definite occurrence during a tropical storm or hurricane. You should confirm that all trees, bushes, or debris that are surrounding your location are cleared or trimmed. This will decrease the chances of the high winds blowing anything on top of your roof that may cause damage.

Our team at Holland is dedicated to ensuring your safety during this hurricane season. We monitor all storms closely and are immediately available for any emergency. Call us today to schedule an inspection, and get yourself prepared for what’s to come.

Click here to see a sample inspection report that all clients get as part of the hurricane preparedness inspection and rooftop maintenance.