1.) Check Homeowners Insurance
You may have missed a few emails that stated that your policy was expiring, so what? Well, as you prepare for bad weather it is important to know that your home will be taken care of. Make sure your homeowners insurance policy is up to date and covers things in your area, such as hurricanes and flooding.
2.) Get a Roof Inspection
If your roof is aging and you think it may need to be replaced or repaired, it is important to get a roof inspection before hurricane season so that your home and belongings do not get ruined from a leaky roof.
3.) Trim Trees
With high winds caused by hurricanes in surrounding areas, trees can get whipped around and crash into your roof. It is important to have them trimmed back away from your roof as much as possible to alleviate the risk of damage.
4.) Clean Gutters
By cleaning your gutters before hurricane season, you are helping to prevent buildup that will likely get caused by debris falling into them. This prevents damage to your roof and helps keep your gutters from becoming too overloaded and unattaching from the roof.
5.) Learn About Roof Straps
It may be important to find out if your existing roof boasts "hurricane straps" which help prevent the roof from being lifted off the house during bad weather. If you are in need of a new roof and live in the Charleston area, which is prone to hurricanes, consider finding a contractor who is able to add this extra level of protection. By adding them, it can lower your insurance cost because it is a preventative measure.