By Casey Crowther / Published July 2020
The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season arrived without much fanfare as Floridians focused on impacts of the global pandemic. Buried in the media headlines, however, were predictions that we’ll once again experience an above-average hurricane season. Forecasts vary, but some experts pegged the number as high as 18 named storms, with nine of those becoming hurricanes.
Those predictions aren’t meant to scare anyone, but rather to prepare Floridians for what could be a few months filled with anxiety, anticipation, and—hopefully—preparation.
In 2017 Hurricane Irma caused an estimated $50 billion in damages in the U.S., followed a year later by Hurricane Michael and its $25 billion in damages. Much of that damage is attributed to roof repairs and replacements. Hurricanes, put simply, are a roof’s worst enemy. Strong winds, heavy rains, hail, and lightning will wreak havoc on a roof that was not built well or regularly maintained.
Like many licensed commercial roofing contractors, Target Roofing & Sheet Metal was inundated with calls from property owners, property managers, and associations in need of emergency roofing repairs. While it’s difficult to defend your property from a Category 4 or 5 hurricane, many callers were unaware of the steps they should have taken in the days, weeks, and months ahead of those storms.
Below is a pre-hurricane checklist to prepare your property for hurricane season.
The memories of hurricanes Irma and Michael may be fading, but some property owners are still locked in legal battles with insurance companies over storm damage. To this day, their roofs still aren’t fixed.
Target Roofing’s inspectors are all Haag-certified, an industry-leading credential that signifies advanced skill levels and abilities in damage and repair assessment. When Target Roofing’s inspectors visit a property after a hurricane, tropical storm, or severe weather event, they provide written inspection reports within 24 hours. These reports include photos, recommendations, and itemized estimates, essential details that can fast-track an insurance claim.
Hurricane season may have already started weeks ago, but it isn’t finished. The historical height of Florida’s hurricane season is mid-September, but some of the state’s worst hurricanes have been late-season storms, including Michael (Oct. 10, 2018) and Wilma (Oct. 24, 2005).
Once you’re in a hurricane’s forecast cone, it’s too late to be proactive. Now is the time to schedule a roof inspection and begin marking off items in the checklist above.
President, Target Roofing & Sheet Metal
Casey Crowther is a fifth-generation roofer and president of Target Roofing & Sheet Metal, a licensed and insured commercial roofing specialist headquartered in Fort Myers. For more information, please visit TargetRoofers.com or call (239) 334-7496.