From June to November, many homeowners are on high alert during the Atlantic storm season. On average, North Carolina sees multiple tropical storms a year and is one of the most hurricane-prone states in the Atlantic. Being roughly 150 miles from the coast offers Charlotte residents a considerable buffer from the brunt of most storms. However, the rain bands from significant storms can still pack a punch.
Preparing your home for a tropical storm or hurricane continues to be important. At Blue Fox Roofing & Renovations, we know that safety is the number one priority. When roof leaks happens, our Charlotte roofers can help repair your roof in the wake of a storm.
Let’s break down the difference between tropical storms and hurricanes, and what you, as a homeowner, can do to prepare for both instances.
Prepare Your Home For A Tropical Storm
In tropical waters, a perfect storm is created when a closed wind system develops over warm waters. When winds hit 39 mph, this event is termed a tropical storm. As the tropical storm develops, it will be named, so as not to be confused with other storms.
Although wind speeds for tropical storms are not as strong as hurricanes, the force is still enough to cause damage along with heavy rainfall and other factors. Preparing your home for these storms regardless of their category can help you avoid extensive property damage later on.
When a storm is incoming, it’s important to put away or tie down outdoor furniture, umbrellas and the kids toys. You may also want to trim your trees of any dead wood. Flying debris can cause significant damages. When it comes to roof protection, make sure to stay up to date with regular roof maintenance, and keep your roof and gutters are free of debris to help water shed as quickly as possible.
Protect Your Roof This Hurricane Season
If a tropical storm strengthens with winds of 74 mph or more, it becomes a hurricane. When the storm reaches this category, preparedness is extremely vital because the weather could bring severe damage.
Historically, hurricanes impacting coastal regions of the Atlantic have caused catastrophic damage. Charlotte doesn’t typically experience the catastrophic events of hurricanes, but it’s still important to know what to do in the event of major weather! When you get orders to shelter in place or evacuate, listen to authorities and stay safe.
If it’s safe to do so, before evacuating, take the steps mentioned above to protect your property. Additionally, turn off appliances and take pictures of your home pre-storm. Then when it’s safe to return home, you’ll have a photographic record for your insurance company and yourself.
Whether the storm that’s coming your way is a tropical storm or a hurricane, it’s good to be prepared beforehand. Keep evacuation routes in mind and have go-bags at the ready for you and your family.
As your home’s primary defense residential roofing can be prone to storm damage, but not to worry – the trusted technicians at Blue Fox Roofing & Renovations are ready to inspect your roof and give it the best protection possible post-storm. When inspecting your roof, look for visible damage like lifted or missing shingles, branches penetrating the roof or interior water damage in your attic and living space.
Trusted Charlotte Roof Maintenance
Keep roof maintenance in mind during hurricane season. Remember to reach out to the experts at Blue Fox Roofing & Renovations. Preparation is key to keeping you and your family safe through the worst of storms. Contact us today for a consultation!