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How To Prepare Your House for a Hurricane


Living in a tropical state like Florida, it’s inevitable that you will experience storms, hurricanes, and strong winds. Because you know these harsh weather conditions are bound to happen, it allows you to prepare your house and get a head start on protecting your roof from damage before anything hits. Flying debris, floods, heavy rainfall, and even tornadoes are known to occur throughout hurricane season in Florida, so knowing how to prepare for a hurricane is the first step in making sure your family and your house stay safe.

3 Ways to Prevent Hurricane Damage To Your Home

When you get word that a hurricane is hitting your area soon, make sure you follow the steps below to protect your home:

  1. Check for Leaks: Take a look at your doors, windows, and walls for openings that water can leak through. Also, check your attic for any wet areas where water may be seeping in and have them repaired and addressed before a storm rolls in.
  2. Trim Trees: Make sure to cut any branches touching or hovering over your home. In the event of heavy rain or hurricane-force winds, an overhanging tree branch could break and fall into your roof — puncturing a hole that could flood your home or collapse your roof.
  3. Protect Your Yard: Keep large items, such as chairs, trash cans, and propane tanks tied to the ground or bring them inside if possible. Doing so helps limit the damages these items could cause should they get caught up in the powerful winds and turned into airborne projectiles.

Hurricane-Resistant Roofing Materials

If you find that your roof is damaged or does not look sturdy enough to withstand major storm damage, then, ahead of the season, you should look into different options to protect your home from hurricanes:

  • Strap Your Roof Down: Similar to how you protect your windows with shutters, it is also important to make sure your roof stays intact. To hold your roof in place, you can use roof clips/straps to secure it to your home.
  • Metal Roofing: Consider upgrading to a metal roof. Durable and long-lasting, metal roofing materials provide the best protection against hurricane-force wind damage.

Contact your local roofing professionals at RBS Roofing to learn more about the benefits of metal roofing or other safeguards you can put in place to prepare your house for a hurricane.

Hurricane Ready Roof Installations From RBS Roofing

With 35 years in the roofing industry, RBS Construction & Roofing is a locally- and family-owned and operated roofing business in Orlando, Florida ready to take on any of your roofing needs. Our team of experienced craftsmen provides high-quality residential and commercial roof installations and durable repairs in the Central Florida area. If you need superior and affordable or emergency roofing services, call the professionals at RBS Roofing today at (689) 304-9605 to schedule a consultation.