With hurricane season rapidly approaching, we know that residents in Lafayette and across Louisiana are starting the annual season of worry about what the coming weather might do to our homes. High wind speeds, strong rainfall, and debris flying through the air can all wreak havoc on your home’s exterior. With all the damage that can be done, it’s important to do as much as possible to protect your home before hurricane season starts. Here’s what you need to know: 

 

Roofing Matters

While it might not feel as important, especially with how much of a risk for flooding there is, your roof can make a huge difference in how well your home can stand strong through hurricane season. The big reason for this is that your roof does a lot of the hard work in protecting the interior supporting structure of your home. When you have leaks or weak spots in your roof, those are easy access points for moisture to get through all of the waterproof, protective layers and damage the ceilings and walls inside. And, since a lot of the roof’s support structure connects to the lode bearing walls inside, roof damage that is left untended can cause some serious structural concerns for your home. So, if you want to help your home stand strong through harsh weather, the first line of defense is a strong roof. 

 

Upgrading Your Roof

With that in mind, one of the best ways to help your roof stay strong is to make sure you have an outer roofing material that is made to stand up against the wind, debris, and moisture. While asphalt shingles are generally the least expensive, and are pretty easy to repair in patches,  they are not the most durable option when it comes to roofing materials. For hurricane-prone areas like ours, a more durable roof can go a long way toward saving you money on roof maintenance in the long run. One of the best options out there is a metal roof. It offers fewer spots for water and other materials to get in, and it’s durable enough to resist damage from most debris and high winds. While there is no guaranteed hurricane-proof roofing material, a metal roof can hold up to a lot more than other roofing materials. Something to consider is that many hurricane-prone areas offer additional insurance and/or tax incentives for homeowners who invest in the stronger, more hurricane-protective home materials. 

 

Hurricane Prep Without a New Roof

If you don’t want to change your roof style, not to worry; there are still steps you can take to help your roof hold up better. First and foremost, it is invaluable to make sure your roof is in good repair before the bad weather starts up. We recommend starting with a roofing inspection at least a month or so before each hurricane season. The roofing contractors who check over your roof will search out any damaged areas, look for weak points that are signs of future trouble, and ensure that your roof is generally in great shape. If roofing repairs are needed, it’s important to get them taken care of before high winds and rain can do more damage, and to close up any points of damage that weather could make worse. 

Another step you can take to help your roof it to talk to your roofing contractors about roof-to-home attachments. Since high-speed winds and rain can get strong enough to actually rip up the shingles and sometimes even the decking of your roof, roof-to-home attachments help give your roof those additional points of stability to hold everything down. Sturdy steel plates are used to connect your roof to some stable, sturdy point on your home, often the walls or rafters. 

The other helpful measure you may want, depending on your roof materials, is to add in a secondary water barrier. This option is there to help keep water out of your home, or at least to keep water damage to a minimum, if your roof fails. 

Start Now For A Stronger Roof

With hurricane season right around the corner, now is the time to get your roof checked and ready for the coming storms. Connect with Thib’s Roofing in Lafayette to schedule an inspection from your local roofing contractors.