Hurricanes may not be common in Tennessee, but its effects can be felt far inland. In this blog, roofing contractor Mobley Brothers Roofing & Restoration shares an overview on how to prepare your home for hurricanes.
Determine the Risk Level
While hurricanes are concentrated in coastal areas, their effects can be felt hundreds of miles inland. Flooding, winds and even tornadoes can form in the aftermath. Hurricanes do provide an advance warning, however, and thanks to tracking tools provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), homeowners in Tennessee can have ample warning.
Develop an Evacuation Plan
Homeowners in hurricane-prone areas are advised to have a hurricane evacuation plan, and it pays to heed the same advice. All your family members should know their exits, how to open egress windows, and where to head to in case you get split up. A dedicated backpack that contains supplies—three days’ worth of food and water, first-aid kit, a basic mobile phone, batteries, documents and identification, cash—should be ready to grab on your way out.
Understand Your Insurance Coverage
Your roofing may get damaged by the hurricane. Understanding your insurance coverage helps you plan and anticipate the required repair work, and manage your expectations. Review your insurance policy, as some have coverage wind damage, but not flood damage. Talk to your insurance provider to see if purchasing flood damage is a sound option.
Clean and Maintain Your Roof and Gutters
Properly maintained roofing and gutters are less likely to sustain damage from wind and heavy downpours. If you already have a maintenance agreement with your roofing and gutter contractor, do not skip it. The cost of maintenance and minor repairs is a small price to pay in comparison to the potential damage a neglected roof will sustain.
Mobley Brothers Roofing & Restoration is your leading provider of residential roof replacement services. Give us a call at (615) 645-4500 (Nashville) and (865) 248-2772 (Knoxville) or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Knoxville and Lebanon, TN.