Preparing Your Roof for Storm Season

by | May 29, 2024 | Residential Roofing

Each year an average of 10 tropical storms – including 6 hurricanes – form over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, or Gulf of Mexico. Of those 6 hurricanes, between 1 and 2 typically strike the coast. Heavy rains, strong winds, and flying debris from these storms can wreak havoc on roofs in their path, so it’s important to be prepared before the storm.

Hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th of each year. During this timeframe, homeowners in coastal areas are likely to experience adverse weather and an increased risk of roof damage. You can prepare for hurricane season by taking action to ensure your roof is ready.

Hurricane Predictions in 2024

Warmer than average waters and moderate La Niña conditions are expected to create a “hyper-active” hurricane season this year. Overall, experts predict about 70% more tropical storm activity than the 30-year average.

For the entire North Atlantic region, the Accumulated Cyclone Energy [ACE] index – which measures strength and duration of storms – is expected to be 217 compared to the 30-year average of 122. This remarkably high ACE is forecasted to produce 23 tropical storms including 11 hurricanes. Of those 11 hurricanes, 5 are predicted to be intense hurricanes – those of at least a Category 3.

Hurricane Names in 2024

The World Meteorological Organization has released the names of this year’s tropical storms ahead of the start of hurricane season. They are:

1. Alberto

2. Beryl

3. Chris

4. Debby

5. Ernesto

6. Francine

7. Gordon

8. Helene

9. Isaac

10. Joyce

11. Kirk

12. Leslie

13. Milton

14. Nadine

15. Oscar

16. Patty

17. Rafael

18. Sara

19. Tony

20. Valerie

21. William

If these names look familiar, that’s because tropical cyclone names are repeated every six years. So, this year’s names also appeared in 2018. However, Franklin and Margot are new this year because Florence and Michael were retired following devastating storms with those names.

2024 Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Names: Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Francine, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Milton, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sara, Tony, Valerie, William.

Tropical storm names are used in alphabetical order, so the first named storm this year will be Alberto. Before this storm strikes, ensure your roof is ready – beginning with a comprehensive inspection.

Prepare Your Roof for Hurricane Season with a Comprehensive Inspection

Your roof needs to be inspected each spring to identify damage from the previous winter. If left unrepaired, this damage could leave your roof vulnerable during the upcoming storm season.

Winter Weather Leads to Roof Damage

In the south, drastic temperature changes throughout the year cause roofing materials to expand and contract rapidly. Over months of diverse temperatures, shingles become misaligned and gaps form between them. Then, a pattern of thawing and refreezing in the winter months widens these gaps – leaving your roof weakened.

Storms Can Exacerbate Existing Roof Damage

It is no secret that severe storms cause immediate damage to roofs – particularly on the Gulf Coast. However, you may not know that your roof is more susceptible to storm damage if it is already weakened by previous weather damage.

Strong winds from a tropical storm or hurricane penetrate existing gaps in your roof and lift or even detach loose shingles. Heavy rain from these storms penetrates these weakened areas, leading to costly leaks and rotting which puts your family and possessions in danger.

Because of winter weather damage and the imminent risk of storm damage, it is vital to have your roof inspected each spring. The right roofing company can locate weaknesses in your roof and ensure they are remedied before storms strike again.

Repair Existing Roof Damage Before Storm Season Begins

While being aware of weaknesses in your roof is important, it is also crucial to repair those vulnerabilities. If you don’t, water can penetrate the roof’s defenses, leading to leaks, wood rot, much costlier repairs, and more vulnerability during storms. On the other hand, when you repair damage to your roof and gutters as it occurs, you can rest assured that your home is safe and ready to withstand storms.

Roof and gutter repairs should only be completed by a licensed roofing company. With a team of expert roofers, you can ensure your roof repairs are done properly and safely.

Prepare for Hurricane Season by Establishing a Relationship with A Trustworthy Roofing Company

After a storm, roofers are in high demand – especially the best. However, you can receive prompt service if you have an established relationship with your preferred roofing company.

Before storm season begins, get an inspection from the best roofing company in your area. If you own property in Coastal Alabama, Coastal Mississippi, or Greater New Orleans, that company is Complete Roofing!

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