From June 1st through November 30th, Florida homeowners have to contend with hurricane season. The last few years, the state has been fortunate to escape the wrath of major storms, unlike 2004 and 2005 with Charley, Frances, Jeanne, Ivan, Katrina, and Dennis. But Florida homeowners shouldn’t take hurricane season lightly. They need to be prepared by ensuring their homes are secure.
One of the primary ways to ensure your home is protected during hurricane season is by having a structurally-sound roof. Not all roofs are created equal. The products and standards from five and ten years ago aren’t necessarily what roofing contractors use today. Many of the guidelines set forth by the National Roofing Contractors Association have, in fact, changed. It’s important to have your home evaluated by a roofing contractor to determine if you need a roof replacement.
When looking for a Florida roofing company, it’s imperative that you check to make sure that your contractor is licensed by the state of Florida and understands the strict guidelines that the state imposes on roofs.
Your contractor should also have proper insurance as a business and for all workers, necessary permits, and he should be able to provide you with a list of references. Review all of these things very carefully. Request a written estimate first, and compare it to written estimates from other contractors. Don’t sign a contract if you have questions.
These things may slow the process of getting a roof replacement, but when it comes to your family and your greatest asset, why take a risk? Know what you’re getting, and in the end, you can be absolutely certain that your home will withstand hurricane-force winds.
It’s a good idea to ask contractors about specific hurricane and storm-proof roofing systems, designed to withstand 100-plus miles-per-hour winds. Owens Corning, an industry leader in roofing systems, offers the Duration Series Shingles and WeatherGuard for storm protection. If you search the web and see a product you like, you can always contact the manufacturer to find a Florida rep in your area.