2017 Hurricane Season Preparedness Tips
View our tips on protecting your commercial roof from leaks and major storm damage during the 2017 Hurricane Season in Florida: June 1- November 30
June 1 officially marked the start of Hurricane Season, which lasts through November 30. Last year was the most active season since 2012, with 15 named storms, and four major hurricanes including Hurricane Matthew that caused destruction along the northeast coast of Florida. With the 2017 Hurricane Season predictions being released recently by NOAA and Colorado State University, there’s no better time than now to revisit your preparation plans and inspect your building to make sure it is ready to withstand a major storm.
2017 Hurricane Season Predictions
For the 2017 Hurricane Season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting an active year, with up to 17 named storms and nine hurricanes. Meanwhile, meteorologists at Colorado State University predict a less active season, with up to 11 named storms, and seven hurricanes. Regardless of how many we see this season; it only takes one to cause major destruction to our communities. We are especially reminded of this as we mark the 25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew on August 24, 2017.
5 Steps to Protecting Your Roof
In maintaining our commitment to quality, Advanced Roofing Inc. would like to remind commercial building owners and property managers to prepare your roofing systems now to help protect your building from leaks and major damage that can cause you stress, time, and money.
- The first step in protecting your building from leaks and storm damage is to perform a roof inspection to fix any issues like damage to the membrane, flashings, or drainage system.
- Strap down your rooftop HVAC equipment. 70% of the roof damage we see following a hurricane is due to lose HVAC equipment rolling across the roof membrane causing many small punctures.
- Review your roof warranty and insurance policy to ensure it’s up-to-date and that you understand the coverage provided.
- Update and test your hurricane plan; as well as, share emergency contacts with team members. Important contacts include the roofer, water restoration, and insurance provider.
- Service your generator and make sure it’s operating in peak performance. Don’t forget to stockpile gasoline, and never operate in-doors.
Next, we suggest watching our Hurricane Season Preparation video followed by downloading our Hurricane Season Roof Maintenance Checklist. By being proactive about your preparations, you can help to protect what matters most – you tenants and employees.
Hurricane Season Downloads
Important Hurricane Links:
- Florida Hurricane Information
- Broward County
- Miami-Dade County
- Palm Beach County
- Lee County
- Brevard County
- Central Florida
- North Florida
- Spaghetti Models
Be proactive and protect your building from hurricane damage by scheduling a roof inspection today. If you need assistance preparing your property or have any questions, call us toll-free at 800-638-6869, or click here.