Brace for storms with secure roofing selection
Hawaii residents have been fortunate when it comes to dodging large storms in recent years.
However, the Eastern Pacifc hurricane season runs through Nov. 30, and local homeowners are advised to shore up their roofs with the goal of mitigating catastrophe, which could potentially be caused by winter storms.
The experienced team at Murakami Roofing LLC has Hawaii covered with nearly 40 years in the field, and the company is lauded for its commitment to integrity and stellar customer service. Owner Clinton Murakami advised homeowners to first review past roofing service records — if it has been more than 10 years since installation or repairs have taken place, he recommended a free roofing inspection by Murakami Roofing LLC to pinpoint necessary improvements. Murakami heads the family business after learning the ropes under the tutelage of his father, Clifford.
As Hawaii braces for unpredictable storm activity, Murakami suggested that homeowners take the following steps to address their roof: check for loose edge flashings and worn or cracked shingles; clean gutters and downspouts as 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; and 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.
At the onset of selecting a new roof or making necessary repairs, Murakami advised potential customers to dedicate the necessary time and research before upgrading their home. While the work performed by a reputable company with a proven track record of completing successful jobs may cost more than companies touting lower prices, a quality project will end up saving money over the lifespan of a roof.
“We work hard to provide excellent customer service, and it’s our service that sets us apart from the competitors,” said Murakami, who hopes to pass on the business to his son in the coming years and make it a third-generation company. “Don’t let price be the sole determining factor. You should consider the quality of materials and reputation of the company.”