Prep your roof for hurricanes
June 1 was the official start of hurricane season here in Hawaii. This year, weather forecasters are predicting lower than usual activity, with two to four tropical cyclones headed our way. Although that is good news, it doesn’t take hurricane force winds to tear off dry and brittle asphalt shingles from your roof. Here are steps to prepare your roof:
1 HAVE YOUR ROOF ASSESSED AND TUNED UP
A thorough roof assessment can identify potential leak areas before they become a major problem. The last thing any homeowner wants to deal with during a hurricane is water pouring through their ceiling. In most cases,these leaks occur where there is a roof penetration, like a plumbing vent, skylight or solar hot water supply lines.
“These issues are nearly impossible to identify from the ground, and you really need someone on the roof to find them,”says Kirt Kobashigawa, owner of Koolau Roof Tech. “Fortunately, most of these is sues can be easily addressed by applying the proper sealant or replacing the plumbing vent collar.”
2MAKE SURE YOUR SHINGLES ARE PLIABLE
Dry and brittle shingles can easily snap off your roof with just a strong gust of wind.
However, a rejuvenated shingle can bend, just like a new shingle. Koolau Roof Tech’s Rejuvenate Technology replaces the shingle’s dried out petrochemical oils with a natural soy-based oil that penetrates into the asphalt, restoring its flexibility.
Koolau Roof Tech will come on-site to do a free roof assessment to evaluate the health of the roof and identify any potential leak areas. A comprehensive report containing photos and recommendations is provided to each customer, so they can see what’s on their roof, without getting up on a ladder.
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