The Atlantic hurricane season has begun and, with it, all of the hurricane experts offering their advice as to how residents in threatened areas can prepare for an eventual storm. Most advice deals with what to do in the days before and during a storm; oftentimes the weeks and months following a hurricane are not mentioned. We will address the post-hurricane period in this blog post by specifically recommending residents in affected areas add truck tarps to their hurricane kits.
The coastal areas of the American Southeast have not been hit with a serious hurricane in nine straight years. Even so, experts are warning local residents to be prepared for both, the coming of a storm and dealing with the aftermath. They recommend storing a supply of tarps, plywood and basic survival supplies capable of providing a family’s needs for at least 3 to 4 days. Tarps are especially important in hard-hit areas where hurricane force winds can easily damage roofs.
A heavy-duty steel tarp is an ideal tarp to use for dealing with post-hurricane damage until repairs can be made. Residents in hurricane-prone areas need to remember that the most severe storms could damage enough roofs that it could take months to get them all fixed. Homeowners cannot afford to deal with a leaky roof in the interim.
Residents can hope that FEMA has enough tarps to go around, but doing so is not a wise idea. And waiting until two days before a storm to run to the local hardware big-box may also leave one wanting. Far better to order two or three truck tarps from a company such as Mytee long before any storm is predicted. If you do not need your tarps this year, you can store them until next year. You can store them indefinitely in their original packaging.
Protection from the Weather
Should a hurricane damage your roof, your insurance company will expect you to do whatever you can to minimize further damage until repairs can be made. In simple terms, they will expect you to cover your roof with a tarp. Doing so accomplishes several things.
First and foremost, it keeps the rain out of your house. This is obviously no small matter. Rain in your house leads to further damage that your insurance company may not be willing to pay for. Not covering your roof with a tarp also increases the likelihood of mold, insect infestation and so on.
A tarp will also protect the damaged area of your roof from the hot sun. In a state like Florida, this is essential. The hot sun can do serious damage to exposed timbers as well as anything in your house including carpets, draperies, and furniture. A heavy-duty steel tarp is ideal for sun protection because it is UV treated.
One last reason to consider adding heavy-duty steel tarps to your hurricane kit is the potential for further storms. Let us assume your roof is damaged and it takes four weeks before a repair crew arrives. During that time, you are likely to get quite a bit more rain. A light duty tarp purchased off-the-shelf from your local DIY store may not be strong enough to stand up to the daily rain and wind Florida is known for. A heavy-duty truck tarp is.
Remember that truck tarps are designed to withstand driving speeds of up to 65 mph, hour after hour. They are made with heavy-duty, reinforced seams, brass grommets and reinforced webbing. If a truck tarp cannot withstand a typical Florida thunderstorm while you wait for your roof to be repaired, the light duty tarps you buy it at local DIY store will not hold up either.
An investment in truck tarps is a good investment in your hurricane kit. Do not be lulled to sleep by the fact that we haven’t had any significant storms in quite a while. Prepare now so that you are ready for any storm. You can order your truck tarps directly from our website for delivery right to your door.