Weather the storm with a sturdy roof
Hawaii residents have been fortunate when it comes to dodging large storms in recent years.
However, a potential double whammy of tropical cyclones has local homeowners preparing for the worst. As tropical storms Iselle and Julio (both of which reached hurricane strength earlier in the week) made their way to Hawaii amid what has become a busy Eastern Pacific hurricane season, the increased possibility of potentially dangerous wind, rain and resulting property damage provides impetus for local homeowners to shore up their roofs with the goal of mitigating catastrophe.
The experienced staff at Murakami Roofing LLC has Hawaii covered with more than 35 years in the field, and the company is lauded by local residents for its commitment to integrity and stellar customer service. Owner Clinton Murakami advises homeowners to first review past roofing service records — if it has been more than 10 years since installation or repairs have taken place, he recommends a free roofing inspection by Murakami Roofing LLC to pinpoint necessary improvements.
This year’s hurricane season runs through November and carries up to an 80 percent chance of reflecting El Niño conditions. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, El Niño is responsible for elevating ocean temperatures and leading to above-average tropical cyclone activity in the waters surrounding Hawaii, thus making hurricane preparedness more important than ever.
As Hawaii braces for the unpredictable storm activity, Murakami suggests that homeowners take the following steps to address issues with their roof:
• Check for loose edge flashings and worn or cracked shingles.
• Clean gutters and downspouts; heavy rains and downpours can cause gutters to be overwhelmed, which may lead to unnecessary damage.
• Inspect all skylights and additional roof flashings to ensure they are free of cracks and other defects. It is also important to remove debris that may impede the proper flow of water around those areas.
• Trim encroaching tree branches and take inventory of loose outdoor items such as coolers, patio furniture and umbrellas, awnings and other objects that could turn into dangerous projectiles when tossed by strong winds.
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