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Inspecting Your Roof After Hurricane Irma

Inspecting Your Roof After Hurricane Irma

Living in Florida has its advantages with the beautiful tropical climate, long sandy beaches and mild winters, however as we all know, during the months of June through November, Floridians need to beware of hurricanes. Hurricane Irma has just passed wreaking havoc all across Florida. With wind speeds exceeding 105 mph and wind gusts up to 130 mph in some areas, many home and business owners suffered extreme loss and damage to their property. Flooding from storm surge, water damage, property damage, downed trees and roof damage are things which many communities are now dealing with during the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

If your commercial or residential property has suffered from roofing damages due to Hurricane Irma it is important to fix the damages in a timely manner so your property isn’t left vulnerable to the next rain storm.

How to Inspect Your Roof After a Hurricane

• Ground Inspection – Inspection of your roof can begin with a ground level inspection. By standing far enough back, you can review your roof to see if you notice any missing shingles, missing tiles, broken tiles or other damage. Using a pair of binoculars is also helpful in doing a ground inspection.
• Ladder Inspection – If you have a large stable ladder, you can use it to inspect your roof for damages. However, we suggest that you do not climb on your roof for inspection as loose shingles, loose tiles or other damages could cause you to fall resulting in injuries.
• Gutter Inspection – While inspecting your roof, inspect your gutters. Make sure your gutters are still secure and that they are not broken or damaged. Damaged or broken gutters can cause water to drain directly next to your home’s foundation which can cause problems.
• Interior Inspection – After completing an exterior inspection it is good to inspect inside as well. Using a flashlight, you can inspect your attic and ceiling for signs of water leaks. Check for wet areas on the ceiling and down the sides of the walls.

These steps can be followed for all different types of roofing such as shingle, tile, metal or flat. If your damages are minor and you feel you are able to repair them yourself, do so with extreme caution as some damages may not be so clearly visible causing slippage and injuries. For your safety, calling a professional is suggested for all repair work following a hurricane.

Who to Call

The staff at Crown Roofing hopes that you and your family have all made it safely through Hurricane Irma. If you find that your roof has incurred damages or if you find water leaks, call the professionals at Crown Roofing. We are here to provide you with roof repair services for your commercial or residential property. Crown Roofing has 5 locations across South Florida. We have offices in Fort Myers/Naples, Sarasota, Tampa, Orlando and West Palm Beach/Pompano Area. Call us today to schedule your appointment.

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.