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Five Ways to Reinforce Your Roof Before Hurricane Season

A large hurricane forming in the ocean
A large hurricane forming in the ocean

What are your disaster preparedness strategies? Hurricane Idalia gave us a wake up call that hurricane season is in full swing. We need to prepare and protect our homes, especially the roof. It's the part that can easily get damaged in a storm.

By making your roof stronger, you can avoid costly harm and make sure your family is safe. Here are five simple ways to strengthen your roof before hurricane season. These methods will give you the information and tools you need to protect your home.

1. Inspect and Repair

Assess the Current Condition

First, you must check the condition of your roof before you reinforce it. You can do this yourself or hire a professional roofing company to do it. When examining your roof, here are some things to look out for:

  • Look for signs of wear and tear, such as cracked or missing shingles, loose flashing, or damaged gutters.

  • Check for any leaks or water stains on the ceiling, as these can indicate weak spots in the roof.

  • Examine the attic for signs of water damage, mold, or rot.

Repair or Replace Damaged Components

After identifying problems, fix or substitute damaged parts. During hurricane season, it's crucial to reinforce your roof because strong winds and heavy rain can make the damage worse. Here are some things you can do:

  • Replace any cracked or missing shingles to ensure a secure and watertight roof.

  • Repair or replace loose flashing to prevent water from seeping into the roof.

  • Fix any damaged gutters or downspouts to ensure proper drainage.

2. Reinforce Roof Structure

Besides making repairs and replacing parts, it's also a good idea to strengthen the roof's structure. This could include strengthening the trusses or rafters, adding additional support, and installing hurricane straps or clips. This will help to ensure that your roof can withstand heavy winds, rains, and other extreme weather conditions. Here’s what you should do:

Strengthen Roof Trusses or Rafters

Strengthening roof trusses or rafters is a crucial step in reinforcing your roof before hurricane season. The trusses and rafters are the backbone of the roof structure, and any damage or weakness could lead to collapse. To strengthen these components, you should:

  • Consult a professional to assess the strength of your roof trusses or rafters.

  • Reinforce weak areas by adding additional support beams or braces.

  • Consider installing hurricane straps or clips to secure the roof structure to the walls.

Strengthen Roof Sheathing

The sheathing is the material layer under the roof. This layer is vital for making sure the roof is stable and stays safe from the weather. To reinforce the sheathing, you should:

  • Inspect for any loose or missing nails, and make sure that all nails are properly secured.

  • Replace any damaged or deteriorated sheathing to maintain a solid base.

  • You may want to consider adding another layer of sheathing to make it stronger.

Reinforce Roof Decking

The roof decking is the layer of material that sits on top of the sheathing. This layer is important because it provides a strong base for the roof and keeps it safe from the weather. To reinforce the roof decking, you should:

  • Inspect the roof decking for any signs of weakness or rot.

  • Replace damaged or deteriorated decking to ensure a solid foundation for the roof.

  • Consider adding a secondary layer of plywood or oriented strand board (OSB) for extra reinforcement.

Section 3: Install Impact-Resistant Shingles

 Roof with severe storm damage
Don't let hurricanes get the best of your roof. Take steps now to prevent severe storm damage.

Choose Impact-Resistant Shingles

When selecting shingles to protect your roof from hurricane season, it’s important to choose impact-resistant shingles. Shingles that can handle strong winds and flying debris are called impact-resistant. These shingles are a good option for your roof.

Here are some tips to help you choose the right impact-resistant shingles:

1. Make sure the shingles are rated for the wind speed in your area.

2. Look for shingles with a UL 2218 Class 4 rating for impact resistance.

3. Consider installing synthetic shingles, which are often more durable than traditional asphalt shingles.

4. Look for shingles with a higher wind rating, such as 120 mph or higher.

5. Make sure the shingles have been tested for resistance to hail damage.

To keep your roof safe during hurricane season, spend time researching and selecting impact-resistant shingles.

If you don't know which shingles are best for your roof, it's best to ask a professional roofing company for help. They can help you choose the right shingles for your roof and install them professionally.

Hire a Professional for Installation

Once you have chosen strong shingles for your roof, it is very important to hire a reliable roofing company to install them. Sanders and Sanders Roofing is experienced in installing shingles and can do the job quickly and correctly. We can also spot any potential issues with your roof and make sure the shingles are installed properly. This can help you avoid any problems during hurricane season, such as water leakage or shingle blow-off.

Section 4: Reinforce Roof Penetrations

Seal Roof Vents and Skylights

To further protect your roof from hurricane-force winds and rain, it is also important to properly seal any roof penetrations.

Roof vents and skylights are easily damaged by rain carried by the wind. Therefore, it is crucial to check and ensure that they are sealed correctly.

Here are some tips to consider:

  • Apply a high-quality sealant around roof vents and skylights to prevent water infiltration.

  • Consider installing hurricane-rated vents and skylights for added protection.

Reinforce Chimneys and Vent Pipes

Chimneys and vent pipes can also be subject to damage during a hurricane if not properly secured. To strengthen these sections, it is crucial to incorporate metal flashing around them. This will prevent water from entering and ensure the stability of the structure in strong winds. Here are some tips to consider:

  • Install metal flashing around chimneys and vent pipes to prevent water from entering.

  • Securely fasten the flashing to the roof to ensure it remains in place during high winds.

Section 5: Trim Surrounding Trees and Branches

Hurricane winds hitting trees on beach
Hurricanes cause damage to trees, which leads to damage for your roof. Trim trees and make sure they're out of the way of your roof.

Remove Overhanging Branches

It is important to take extra care when trimming trees to ensure that no damage is done to your roof. If you plan to trim any trees yourself, make sure to do so safely and carefully. Here are a few tips for trimming trees near your roof:

  • Trim any branches that are close to or overhanging your roof.

  • During a hurricane, branches falling down can cause big damage. So, it's necessary to keep them far away for safety.

Remove Dead or Weak Trees

If you have any trees that are dead or weak, it is best to remove them before hurricane season. xWhen cutting down trees near your roof, you must be extra cautious because a small mistake can cause significant damage.


To make your roof stronger before hurricane season and reduce the danger to your home and family, do these five important things. Don't hesitate, call Sanders and Sanders Roofing today for a comprehensive inspection to keep your roof in peak condition. Be proactive and gain peace of mind by trusting your roof to the experts. Call us now to prepare for any storm that may come your way.

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