Helpful resources for those impacted by a hurricane
What should you do after a damaging hurricane?
Hurricane winds can damage power lines and weaken structures, while storm surges and flooding can create other hidden hazards for you and your vehicle. Always follow local emergency guidance before venturing out.Visit FEMA
Evaluate and document damage
Once it’s safe to do so, photograph any visible damage. Start your inspection inside, then walk your home’s perimeter outside. If possible, use binoculars or your camera’s zoom feature to view your roof from the safety of the ground.Learn more
The right contractor can help protect your home from further damage
Questions to ask a contractor:
Find the right contractor for emergency repairs
- Do you offer board-up or tarping services?
- Are you insured, licensed and bonded?
- How soon can you start and do you offer 24/7 emergency service?
- Are you certified with any major roof manufacturers?
Tips on navigating the insurance process
- Call a roofing contractor to assess any damage.
- Speak with your insurer to review your coverage and learn their claims process
- Gather documents and photos or video of any damage to substantiate claims.
Federal Hurricane Resources
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How do hurricanes affect a roof? Hurricane damage 101
Hurricanes can bring a combination of wind, rain, lightning, debris, and sometimes even hail. Each of these can have its own unique impact on your roof. Find out how.
How heavy rain can affect your roof
Over time, heavy rains can slowly wear away your roof protection, washing off granules, weakening the bond between shingles, or penetrating to the roof deck. Hurricane-force rain can accelerate this damage, dislodging shingles, enlarging small leaks, or penetrating behind loosened flashing.
How high winds can affect your roof
High winds can affect your roof in two general ways: shingle blow-off or wind uplift. A powerful gust of wind may catch a lifted edge of a shingle or piece of flashing and blow it off. Wind uplift is more complex. When there is high pressure below a surface and low pressure above, the resulting forces can lift whole sections of roof or other surfaces.
How flying debris can affect your roof
Hurricane wind can toss tree branches and furniture around at speeds of 150 mph or more. Debris can crack shingles, loosen flashing, and even drive holes through the roof structure, causing damaging leaks. Secure your belongings before the storm, and inspect your roof immediately after.
How a lightning strike can affect your roof
While most people know that lightning strikes can cause fires, fewer know they can cause shockwaves that may loosen building structures including shingles, chimney bricks, and flashing. If you suspect your roof has been struck, contact a roofer for an inspection.