Hurricanes can cause excessive damage to roofs, from lifting shingles to ripping away portions of the flashing, ridges, and other components. If you are concerned about potential damage during hurricane season, there are a few steps you can take to reinforce your roof. Here are some options to discuss with your hurricane roofing contractor.

Install Hurricane Clips

Hurricane clips, also called seismic ties, can be used to reinforce the rafters in your attic to prevent roof lift-off during a severe storm. These clips are also used in earthquake-prone areas, and they are typically constructed from galvanized steel. Your roofing contractor can inspect the attic to determine which areas they should be applied, such as load-bearing portions of your home's internal structure. In some cases, you may need to replace a rafter first, as any wood rot may make it more difficult for the clips to do their jobs.

Reinforce Shingles

While there is no one step you can take to completely prevent shingles from breaking, buckling, or becoming loose during a storm, you can reinforce your shingles for an added layer of protection against storm damage. Applying beads of roofing cement underneath the tabs of your shingles can be a great option, and this task also gives you a chance to inspect all your shingles to determine if any are loose or need to be replaced. This is also a good time to re-caulk any areas around vents, chimneys, and other areas where flashing may become loose or damaged.

Clear The Roof

Items installed on your roof, such as TV antennas or satellite dishes, may not be able to weather the storm. Removing these items before hurricane season begins can help prevent potential damage caused by them flying off the roof. Of course, if you use satellite TV services, you won't want to get rid of your dish completely, Partner with your service provider to find alternative placement so you can continue to enjoy television programming throughout the summer and fall. Any decorative items, such as weather vanes, should also be removed.

Perform Gutter And Roof Maintenance

Gutters and roofs already prone to leaking can cause even more damage during a storm. Before hurricane season begins, schedule a gutter cleaning and inspection. Repair any damaged sections of the gutters so water flows through the channels properly, and consider installing gutter guards to prevent debris buildup. You should also take this time to have your roof inspected, including having a leak test performed. Any areas prone to leaks should be repaired right away. Your hurricane roofing contractor can also identify damage to shingles, flashing, and underlayment so the proper repairs can be made before the first hurricane of the season makes landfall.