Herring Residential, LLC and its affiliate, HR Coastal, understand the devastation a hurricane can bring so we want to help you prepare in advance and protect your #home as much as possible!
When a hurricane hits preventing damage may not always be an option, but certain steps can be taken to ensure your roof and your home stands the best chance of surviving high winds! Below are a few tips for ensuring your #roof is secure for #Hurricane season.
Step 1: GET AN INSPECTION
Damage is not always evident from the ground so it is highly suggested to have your roof inspected by a reputable, qualified roofing contractor. See BBB.org to find roofing contractors in your area. A roofing contractor typically will assess your roof free of charge. Herring Residential performs free roof #inspections - call us @ 910-292-2566 to arrange your assessment.
Schedule your inspection today!
Note: Herring Residential, LLC is an A+ accredited roofing contractor in North Carolina.
A roofing contractor will inspect your roof for missing and/or broken shingles, unsealed fasteners, improperly installed shingles, etc. Additionally, an inspection can allow your roofing contractor to provide you with an estimated life of your current roof and help you plan for future roofing expenses.
Step 2: PERFORM ROUTINE MAINTENANCE & REPAIRS
Based on the findings from your inspection there may be repairs that are needed. These repairs may be minor or major, but when preparing for Hurricane season it is critical to ensure repairs are made to protect your home from devastating losses. Repairs may include: plumbing pipe boot repairs, chimney flashing repairs, replacing missing shingles, resealing exposed nails, resealing apron flashings and more! Additionally, gutters should be checked for loose runs, missing sealant and disconnected downspouts.
Herring Residential offers RMP's (Roof Maintenance Plans) starting @ $199.00.
Step 3: CLEAN DEBRIS FROM ROOF AND GUTTERS
Debris that sits on a roof or in a gutter will absorb water and this is detrimental to a roof. Be sure to have debris removed and cleaned so that water can flow freely from the roof and gutters.
Step 4: CHECK FOR LOOSE SIDING OR FASCIA
Repair any loose siding or fascia to help prevent wind from blowing exterior components of your home. This will also eliminate excess water intrusion.
Step 4: REMOVE AND/OR TRIM LIMBS OR TREES
This is a very common source of damage during a hurricane. Trimming bushes, trees, limbs around your home can reduce the amount of debris that can hit your home and/or roof from high winds. A good rule of thumb is to try and keep larger limbs and branches at least 6 feet from your home. This will not help if a tree falls, but broken limbs are less likely to hit your home when they are at least 6 feet away.
Step 5: REVIEW YOUR INSURANCE POLICIES
Read through your policy and be sure premiums are up to date. If you have questions or concerns, contact your agent for clarification.
Step 6: STOCK UP
Purchase items for your hurricane safety kit such as: batteries, water, non-perishable foods, first aid kit, sand bags, fuel, tarps, nails, etc. Visit ready.gov for an extensive list of supplies recommended during and after a hurricane.
Herring Residential and HR Coastal (Herring Residential Coastal) offers tarping services in times of need so be sure to reach out to us if you have a leak or damage that needs urgent mitigation.
Remember, Herring Residential is certified by IBHS to install Fortified roofing and we've installed many roofing systems along the North Carolina coast designed to withstand hurricane force winds! Contact us or visit https://fortifiedhome.org/roof/ today if you are interested in learning more about the FORTIFIED Roof™ system. a FORTIFIED Roof™ is your best option at preventing catastrophic losses. As stated on the Fortified website:
"When severe weather strikes, a FORTIFIED Roof™ keeps the wind and rain out, preventing a cascade of damage that can ruin your home and your belongings."