Your Roof: Hurricane Strength Winds and Rain

September 28, 2021


The Atlantic hurricane season typically lasts from June through November. Even though we may not be in the direct path of a storm, hurricane-strength winds and rains can pummel the Atlanta area.

How Can You Prepare Your Roof for the Next Storm?

What to do before the storm:

Unfortunately, you can’t do much to prepare your roof when a storm is imminent. There are few things you can do to help minimize the coming damage. 

  • Clean your gutters so that water has a way to escape your rooftop without backups.
  • Trim trees to keep limbs and branches from falling on your house.
  • Remove all sources of debris from your yard. 
  • Secure anything that may become wind-borne and cause harm. 
  • Do what you can to prevent or catch leaks in compromised areas. 

Once you prepare your roof, you have to trust the quality of the installation and the material. 

What to do after the storm:

The best course of action when dealing with a damaged roof is caution. Roofs can leak, be unsafe to walk on, and have less obvious damage. Although missing shingles, holes in the roof, or a torn-off roof may be obvious, smaller penetrations, structural damage, and leaks are harder to spot. 

Finding a qualified contractor to inspect your roof is essential to ensure that your roof is safe and sound for you and your family. Don’t hire just anyone willing to get on your roof. You don’t want any damage to go unnoticed. 

When it’s time for roof replacement or repair:

For the repair or replacement of an asphalt roof, vet your contractor thoroughly. Read reviews, check out licensed contractors, and ask around. Replacing or repairing your roof is crucial, so pick the right person for the job. You don’t want your roof to leak a few months after it’s finished, so find someone with a good track record. Establish a relationship before the storm hits, and get on their list to check out your roof after the storm. Otherwise, you may wait weeks or even months for work to be done after things settle down. 

If your roof is damaged, find a quality contractor to repair it.

If you must replace your roof, consider Lifetime Metal Roofing, better suited to severe weather.

When you’re ready for a metal roof, we’re here.

As a professional metal roofing contractor in Atlanta, we can help prepare your home for the next storm and the ones that follow.

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Ask the Expert: Todd Miller

Todd Miller, roofing expertTodd Miller is President of Isaiah Industries, an organization that is recognized as one of the world’s leading metal roofing manufacturers, and manufacturer of Classic Metal Roofing Systems.

Todd has over 30 years of experience in residential metal roofing and is internationally recognized as a roofing and ventilation expert. Passionate about using his experience to help homeowners make the best roofing decision for them, he can help you navigate the issues encountered in roofing or reroofing your home or commercial property. Use the form below and you'll receive a response directly from Todd or his team.