When you live in a hurricane zone, having a roof last long enough to require replacement due to normal wear and tear can be seen as an accomplishment. Many people have to make re-roofing decisions in the wake of a storm while also dealing with other problems such as water and flood damage. You get to take your time and do more research first, which is a good thing. At this time, there are a few steps you should take to encourage good results when having a roof replaced in a hurricane zone.
Check licensing requirements in your state.
Many states with hurricanes have stronger restrictions regarding who is allowed to perform roofing services. They generally require that all roofers have a specific roofing license, and in some cases, a separate contractor's license as well. These licensing requirements ensure that anyone who performs roofing work in the state is aware of and is implementing the latest building code requirements.
Call your local building inspector's office to figure out what the requirements are in your state. Then, check to make sure any roofing company you consider hiring meets these licensing requirements.
Check whether your hurricane shutters are up to date.
Your hurricane shutters may seem unrelated to your roof, but they are not. Part of how hurricane shutters work is by preventing quick changes in pressure inside the home during times of high wind. This prevents the roof from being lifted off your home during a hurricane.
If your hurricane shutters are not up to date, you could have a new roof installed and it could blow off in the next storm—due to issues with the shutters, not the roof itself. So, if your shutters are old, worn, or not up to code, you should have them replaced before you have a new roof put on.
Luckily, many roofing companies in hurricane zones also offer hurricane shutter installation. You may be able to arrange for your roofers to replace the roof and the shutters at the same time, or one right after the other.
Roofs in hurricane-prone areas are put under so much more strain than other roofs. It's really important that they are installed correctly and alongside good hurricane shutters. Learning about your local licensing requirements and looking into the quality of your hurricane shutters are important ways to ensure you're happy with your new roof.
For more information about roofing services, contact a local company.