Hurricane Irma: Preparing Your Roof

Hurricane Irma has developed into a Category 5 hurricane, according to CNN. Computers forecast the storm to turn toward Florida by the weekend. If it does, the impact on The Sunshine State could be catastrophic.  As the National Hurricane Center reports, “The hurricane will be moving through an environment of low vertical wind shear, a moist mid-level atmosphere, and increasing upper-ocean heat content, and this is ideal for some additional intensification.”

After declaring a state of emergency across Florida, Gov. Rick Scott said President Donald Trump had “offered the full resources of the federal government as Floridians prepare for Hurricane Irma.” Scott also ordered 7,000 National Guard troops to report for duty by Friday morning.  Of those, 100 were activated Tuesday to begin helping with preparations, he said. “We do not know the exact path of this storm, but weather can change in an instant and while we hope for the best, we must prepare for the worst,” Scott said in a statement.
In addition to protecting your family and loved ones, it’s critical for residents to protect both their home and business in these serious scenarios.  Unfortunately, the roof is often an afterthought when it comes to preparing for hurricane season. Most roof owners don’t take measures to preserve a roof until it’s too late. Our Fort Myers roofing contractors are here with a few simple tips to help you protect your property through the upcoming storm and though the rest of hurricane season.
Trim Your Trees
This tip is helpful year-round, not just during hurricane season. Trees that hang near or over your roof can be dangerous in virtually any storm, but especially in a hurricane. When wind speeds increase, limbs can go flying. If a tree limb flies its way onto your roof, potential damage could result and allow water into your home, causing further electrical damage or hurt someone in the structure. Trees can also cause debris buildup, especially in your roof’s valleys. Sticks, pine needles, leaves, and other debris can pile on your roof. When this ‘mulch’ gets wet – it will stay wet. The dampness can cause the roof structure to deteriorate and eventually rot.  A simple, and regular, trimming of your trees can help you to prepare and potentially avoid these problems.
Clean Your Gutters
It’s too easy to neglect your gutters. In the event of a serious storm, and especially a hurricane, it’s critical that you take the time to clean it out beforehand. You want to ensure that all your gutters and drainage systems are clear so that the rain can flow freely. If you’ve got buildup in your gutters during Florida’s rain and hurricane season, backed up water can dangerously intrude your home.
Fix Loose or Missing Shingles
While loose or missing shingles may seem like no big deal, they can lead to some serious problems if they’re not addressed before a storm. It’s critical to secure lose shingles and replace ones that are missing to help prevent storm water from leaking in to your home or business. It’s also a safe idea to check for loose eave and gable end vents, soffits, or turbines, and rusted flashing before a storm and repair these issues as well.
Secure Yard Items
Various yard decorations and furniture can turn into flying projectiles quicker than you’d think. It’s important to either move these items inside or die them down outside to help ensure they stay put during storm winds.


Neglecting your roof before a storm can result in a significant amount of damage. Leaking water risks roof collapse as well as damage to the attic, insulation, walls, and your possessions. Prepare your home and business before it’s too late. After a storm, it’s critical to have your roof addressed. Do so by calling a certified roofing contractor in Naples to assess the damage and recommend the best steps for you to take to recover. Crown Roofing will take care of the rest.