If you live on the coast, no time of year is more nerve wracking than hurricane season. These massive coastal storms can cause a great deal of damage to your home, but by far the most vulnerable section is the roof as it will bear the brunt of high winds and heavy rainfall. In order to protect your house, you should make efforts to prepare your roof so that it can withstand the stresses of the coming storm.

Fix Individual Shingles

Do a visual inspection a few weeks before the stormy season is supposed to start. Check to see if there are any missing or visibly damaged shingles. If large patches are missing, you will need to contact the best roofing company to have them replaced. However, if you have a stack of spare shingles in your garage or home, you can use a regular hammer and roofing nails (found at any hardware store) to nail in replacements. Just line up the nails with the holes from the previous shingle and hammer it in.

Trim the Trees

If you have any trees or plant life that overhangs your roof, you should trim them back well in advance of the storm. This can help reduce the amount of small debris that lands on your roof, like sticks and leaves, which can collect and hold onto water, making leaks more likely. Additionally, it can reduce the chances of a larger piece of debris, like an entire tree limb or trunk, from falling onto your roof where it can actually do significant structural damage.

Clean Gutters

In the same vein as above, you'll want to clean out your gutters and downspouts to ensure that the rainwater can drain properly off of your roof. If water is unable to flow properly through your gutters, it can sit on the roof or drain too closely to the foundation. Water drainage near your home's foundation can cause costly basement flooding, while water that is left for an extended period of time on your roof can increase the wear and degrade the structural integrity of your roofing materials.

Hurricane Straps

If you live particularly close to the water or are worried about the severity of this year's season, you should consider getting in touch with a contractor to have hurricane straps installed. These additions to your roof strap the roofing material to the trusses of your home's framing, providing additionally support against high winds and making it much less likely that sections of your roof will be ripped off when the storm makes landfall.