ORLANDO, Fla. – Forecasters predict that the 2020 hurricane season will be above average. Now is the time to prepare for it.
News 6 host Justin Warmoth sat down with roofing expert Jordan Edwards of JA Edwards of America just before the official season opener to share how to properly prepare the roof of their home.
“First off, with the roof ready in hurricane season, you want to check your insurance policy … to make sure you’re properly insured,” Edwards said. “And then, for two, you know what your deductible is if you get into a storm so you know what your financial responsibility would be if you were damaged.”
Edwards said there is nothing you can really do when a storm comes down. Therefore, you should take the time beforehand to look for missing shingles or leaks.
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“Contact your local roofer and have these issues resolved,” he said. “Sometimes when storms come through, insurance companies like to use the word ‘pre-existing terms’ and that’s like the no-no # 1 for a homeowner.”
Edwards also recommends that you record videos of your home and include the date.
“This is especially important to be able to document any kind of valuables,” he said. “When people have a storm, the first thing you want to do is make sure everything outside of the house is documented that could be of value. And after that, of course, anything inside you want to make sure it’s in a safe place when the storm comes through. “
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When asked what type of roof is best, Edwards said the technology in metal roofs is “amazing”.
“You can stand up to a Category 5 hurricane and then of course tile. But those two things are expensive, ”he said. “When replacing a roof, make sure you are working with the right roofer who can give you an actual warranty that covers an actual clapboard product. Shingles are the most common product that we bring to our roof at low cost. But it’s all about the underlay, so the underlay on the roof is the real thing that protects the actual water from getting into your home. “
Edwards said pruning was key too.
“Any time you have a tree over your home it is definitely a risk,” he said, adding that trampolines and patio furniture pose a risk even during the storm season.
“Anything that could blow around and affect your home – and not just your home, but your neighbour’s as well,” should be secured or brought inside, he said.
Edwards said bottled water and phone chargers are other things that you should have on hand.
After a storm, you want to be sure to do a thorough inspection, and Edwards said his company offers free inspections.
“You want to have a post-storm inspection done no matter what, because damage actually breaks the seals under the shingles and that’s something you can’t see from the ground. If the actual clapboard is missing, it’s a breeze, ”he said. “But it is critical that a local roofer come out and properly inspect the shingles to make sure that – everything is in place – they are key.”
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He said his company would also inspect windows, gutters, siding and chimneys.
“When we get a storm that is a named storm with wind speeds of 100 km / h or more, you always want to have it checked after the storm as the word ‘pre-existing conditions’ is used” said Edwards. So if you’ve checked it out and nothing is wrong and your insurance company sees this, they can’t blame it on the past storm that happens all the time when another storm comes through. “
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