Records indicate there have been over 69 hurricanFes in the Bradenton area since 1930. Hurricane Katrina (2005), Harvey (2017), and Ian (2022) land in the top three spots for the most expensive U.S. hurricanes to make landfall. Just with Hurricane Ian, alone, there was over $113B in damages. FEMA has provided housing units to families in seven counties who have homes devastated by this hurricane. Each homeowner must prove the home is safe, sanitary, and functional before being allowed to move back in. This will take months to accomplish.
Thankfully, not every storm is as devastating as Hurricanes Katrina, Harvey, or Ian. And Bradenton was fortunate to have avoided the majority of the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian. It is wise, however, to have a plan in place before damage occurs to your home. What exactly can you do if a storm damages your roof in Bradenton?
First and foremost, make sure you and your family are safe. This is of top priority. This goes for a massive hurricane as well as a much simpler storm in comparison. Stay away from power lines, never use an electrical device if there is excessive floodwater present, and use caution around damaged buildings. Always take an assessment of the area thoroughly before noting any damage to your home. If you are able, contact floridadisaster.org for additional safety tips and emergency information
Assess the Damage to Your Roof
Regardless of how sturdy a roofing system is, it just can’t compete with some of the major storms that present themselves in Manatee County. Take as many pictures as you can of your roof when conditions are appropriate. If you are able, get a video as well. It is better to have more pictures and videos than not enough.
Make Temporary Fixes
Is there water leaking into your kitchen from holes in the roof? If your home is not flooded, place five-gallon buckets, pails, or pots under the dripping water to collect it and eliminate more damage by leaking water. If there is minimal shingle damage, then a tarp can possibly be placed over the area until it can be repaired properly.
Contact Your Local Roofing Contractor
Always trust a local company to assist you with repairs or replacement after a storm. Avoid placing your trust, and money, in fly-by-night, storm-chasing roofing companies. Unfortunately, they tend to prey on the devastated, and don’t deliver product material and service as a local contractor will. If anything goes wrong with the roof after the installation, the storm chasers have already left town and can’t be reached. A local company can quickly come and assess the situation and resolve any complications.
Roofs For Life is located in Ellenton, just a short jaunt from Bradenton. Our business hours are from 7 am to 5 pm from Monday to Friday at (941)932-0887. We have over 30 years of experience in the roofing industry. We have served your friends, neighbors, and friends with their roofing needs, and we can’t wait to help you as well. We aren’t going anywhere, unlike the sneaky storm-chasing roofing companies. We deliver exactly what you need, at the price quoted, promptly without any inconveniences – guaranteed.
Give us a call today if you have storm damage and need a thorough and honest inspection of your roof.