As many know, the 2014 hurricane season is underway. The typical hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th and depending on the number of storms formed can mean a lot of wind and rain for homeowners in Connecticut. Already we saw Hurricane Arthur brush by Long Island Sound and many remember the terrible flooding that occurred after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

There are many things you can do to prepare your home and family for a major tropical storm or hurricane and one of the most important is inspecting your roof. Did you know, if you have not performed repairs or maintenance on your roof and damage is done by a hurricane you could be denied a claim by your insurance provider? This means any repairs or replacement will be paid by you out of pocket and these repairs are not cheap.

Before the next hurricane blows through, contact a roofing specialist and set up an inspection. This overview will indicate any areas of the roof that need attention. From torn chimney flashing and worn shingles to weakened gutters and leaks there could be a number of problems with your roof that could lead to a denied claim from an insurance adjuster. It is your responsibility to take care of any defects with your roof and an inspection will get you headed in the right direction.

After the inspection is done then you can decide what steps to take. If a hurricane is brewing in the Caribbean and your roof is in need of repair you would be advised to find a roofer who can get the repairs done quickly. Taking chances with tropical storms and hurricanes that can feature 100 mph winds and lashing rain is very risky and the damage to your roof could be severe.

Homeowners insurance is great to have but when it comes to roofs, it only helps when you have done your part. Don’t be a victim to poor decisions. Have your roof inspected before the next storm.

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