Roofing contractors know hurricane damage
Your roofing contractor would like to remind you that with June 1 comes the start of hurricane season, and that the Charlotte, NC area is vulnerable to hurricanes. If a big storm comes, you and most of your neighbors are probably going to need the services of a roofing contractor afterward, but it’s a good idea to know what to do beforehand
How bad is a particular hurricane?
Hurricanes are judged according to their wind strength, and are ranked from Category 1 to Category 5. The Charlotte area is far enough inland that even if a Category 5 hurricane hits the mainland, it’s likely to have lost a lot of force by the time it reaches Concord, NC. It’s just as well, because no matter how well your house is built, if it’s in the path of sustained winds of over 157 mph, you probably won’t have a house by the time it’s over, let alone a roof.
Making plans beforehand
The best time to develop your hurricane plans and hurricane emergency kit is right now. There are no storms heading for Charlotte, NC as of this writing, and the stores haven’t been picked clean by panicked shoppers. Your kit should contain (among other things) food, water, your cell phone, a battery-powered radio, flashlight, first aid kit, moist towelettes and garbage bags, whatever medicine your family needs and batteries for everything that needs them. Other things you can buy right now are storm shutters and plywood.
When the storm is coming, the big question is always, in the immortal words of The Clash, “Should I stay or should I go?” A hurricane shelter is the safest place to be, but a good house is better than the highway. Questions worth asking are:
- Is your home directly in the path of the ring wall?
- Are you on low-lying ground that could be quickly flooded during heavy rains?
- How exposed to the wind is your property?
Whatever your personal judgment, if the authorities tell you to go, go. Never try to drive through deep standing water. If you shelter in place, cover your windows, stay as close to the center of the house as you can and listen to NOAA Weather Radio. Only when the storm has passed should you go outside and assess the need for your roofing contractor.
Advanced Roofing and Exteriors are the best Charlotte roofing contractor in Charlotte and Concord, NC. They have won the Angie’s List Super Service Award twice. This family-owned company is also a member of the Home Builders Association of Charlotte and an Owens Corning preferred contractor. They will make a point of planning their work schedule to suit your needs, and will provide all the roofing materials themselves. If you need a roofing contractor, call today for a free estimate.