Thursday June 1 is almost three months away. But it is just around the corner. If you are a Miami homeowner, it is an important date to circle on your calendar. That’s because it is the official start of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Although it has been nearly 12 years since Hurricane Wilma was the last storm to make landfall in South Florida, it only takes one major hurricane to destroy everything you have worked hard to earn. During a hurricane, roofs are one of the most vulnerable areas of a house. Rather than take chances, now is the perfect time for homeowners to get their roof inspected.
Hire a Professional Roofing Contractor
There are plenty of people in Miami who are handy with tools and take pride in doing everything on their own. Unless you are a professional roofer, chances are you probably do not have the proper expertise, tools and equipment to diagnose problems and make necessary repairs. Hiring a reputable roofing contractor is a wise investment. Roofers are highly trained to identify roofing problems most people would never notice. When requesting a roof inspection, make sure it includes a full report, photos of your home along with an estimate of any repairs.
Learn About Hurricane Straps
After a roofing inspection, ask the contractor about installing roof tie-downs, also known as hurricane straps. Although not every roof requires tie downs, it never hurts to ask whether it is right for your home. Tie-downs help secure roofs during severe windstorm conditions.
Trim Your Trees
If you have a tree or trees that hang over your roof or close to the house, they can become a major hazard during a hurricane. Trimming your trees isn’t just for hurricane protection. It can be done anytime of the year. Broken branches can cause roof damage to your roofing materials and allow water to penetrate into your home. They have also been known to even cause electrical problems. By keeping trees properly trimmed, homeowners can keep their homes safe not just during Hurricane Season, but also throughout the year.
Clean Your Drainage System
If you are like many homeowners in Miami, it has probably been awhile since you have cleaned out your roof’s gutters. By cleaning out leaves and and debris, homeowners can significantly reduce the chance of extensive damage to their roofs during a storm. Clearing out debris ensures rain water is able to freely flow out of house with little chance of any backups that can eventually lead to leaks.
Contact a Miami Home Insurance Lawyer
If your home has suffered significant damage due to a windstorm, it can leave devastating effects. Not only is your home damaged, some insurance companies may fail to provide adequate compensation to cover damages and repairs. Rather than accept a substandard settlement, contract a Miami home insurance lawyer with a track record of protecting the rights of South Florida homeowners. Miami Home Insurance Lawyer Jonathan Korin understands the challenges homeowners have dealing with insurance companies. He and his legal staff work diligently to help place each client in the best position to succeed and resolve your issues with the insurance company. To learn more, contact the offices at Korin Law, P.A. and schedule a consultation to discuss your case.