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Roofing Tips, Tricks and Ideas

5 Ways to Prepare Your Roof for Hurricane Season

As hurricane season approaches, homeowners in hurricane-prone areas like North Carolina must pay close attention to their homes, particularly their roofs. A hurricane's intense conditions can test the limits of your home's protective barriers. Pickard Roofing is here to provide practical tips for preparing your roof for the demanding conditions of a hurricane, helping to minimize damage and ensure the safety of your home.

Assess Your Roof's Current Condition

The first step in hurricane preparedness is to thoroughly inspect your roof. Existing issues, such as cracked tiles or loose shingles, can become serious problems under hurricane conditions. It's advisable to schedule a professional roof inspection before the season starts. Roofing contractors can identify potential vulnerabilities and recommend necessary repairs, ensuring your roof is in top condition to face the elements.

Clean and Maintain Gutters and Downspouts

Proper water management is important during heavy storms. Gutters and downspouts play a key role in directing rainwater away from your home, preventing water buildup that could lead to mold. Inspecting for rust, holes, or separations in the joints can help catch minor issues before they escalate into costly repairs. Clean your gutters from debris and check for proper water flow. Taking a proactive step by installing guards or screens could be beneficial for your roof. These additions help prevent leaves and larger debris from entering the gutter system, reducing maintenance and lowering the risk of roof or foundation damage.

Secure or Replace Loose Shingles and Tiles

Loose roofing materials are particularly susceptible to high winds, exposing your home to water damage. Inspect your roof for any loose or damaged shingles and tiles. If needed, securing or replacing these elements is essential for maintaining the integrity of your roofing system. Professional roofers often employ specialized methods and products that provide stronger holds and sealants capable of resisting water penetration even under the most challenging conditions.

 Using high-quality materials for any repairs can also increase the resilience of your roof against hurricanes. It might be beneficial to consider upgrading your roofing materials to those specifically designed for storm resistance, such as impact-resistant shingles or heavier tiles that have a better chance of staying in place during a storm.

Trim Trees and Remove Roof Debris

Overhanging branches and accumulated debris on your roof become even more dangerous during a hurricane. Weak or diseased branches farther up the tree could easily break and fall during a storm, so it’s recommended to trim back any branches that hang over your roof and remove debris on the roof itself. 

Debris on the roof can attract pests such as rodents and insects. These pests cause further damage by burrowing or nesting, allowing them to find ways into your attic or crawl spaces. Additionally, heavy loads of wet leaves and branches add weight to your roof. Over time, this extra weight can compromise the structural integrity of the roof, so keeping the roof clear not only reduces potential damage but also helps in maintaining the overall health of your roof. 

Reinforce Your Roofing System

For homeowners in particularly vulnerable areas, reinforcing your roofing system can be a wise investment. Techniques such as installing hurricane straps or clips can significantly increase the wind resistance of your roof. Adding additional layers of waterproof underlayment can provide extra protection against both wind and water damage. 

It’s also worth considering the installation of impact-resistant roof coverings, which are designed to resist the impacts from flying debris. Each roofing system has specific requirements for reinforcement, so consulting with a roofing professional is recommended to determine the best approach for your particular roof.


Taking proactive steps to prepare your roof for hurricane season is essential for protecting your home and ensuring the safety of your family. By following these tips, you can enhance your roof's ability to withstand the harsh conditions of a hurricane. For residents of Raleigh, North Carolina, and surrounding areas, Pickard Roofing is ready to help with detailed roof evaluations and expert preparation services. Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment and ensure your roof is ready for hurricane season.