Jasper Contractors Releases Hurricane Preparedness Tips

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Roofing Company Advises Homeowners on Safety and Damage

We want to make sure that Floridians are prepared and able to stay safe during a storm, as well as understand the process of repairing damage that comes from these powerful storms," says Brian Wedding, Owner and CEO of parent company EX Capital.

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center says the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season will most likely be near-normal, but forecast uncertainty in the climate signals that influence the formation of Atlantic storms make predicting this season particularly difficult. After Hurricane Earl made landfall last week, Jasper Contractors, a high-volume roofing company in Florida, releases tips for hurricane preparedness.

“Our company was formed following the devastation of Hurricane Ivan in 2004, and unfortunately we’ve seen all too often the destruction left by hurricanes,” says Brian Wedding, Owner and CEO of parent company EX Capital. “We want to make sure that Floridians are prepared and able to stay safe during a storm, as well as understand the process of repairing damage that comes from these powerful storms.”

Remaining safe during a storm is of the utmost importance. To prepare, residents should assemble enough nonperishable food plus one gallon of water, per family member, for three days. Flashlights with additional batteries, a battery operated radio, first aid kit, sand bags, tarps and gas are also important to have on hand for a variety of situations that could arise. Families should also identify a safe room in the house, one preferably without windows. If that is not an option, large furniture should be moved in front of windows in case of shattered glass or flying objects. Lastly, make sure to have quick access to cash and insurance policies should damage occur.

What to do if there is roof damage
When assessing damage to the home, homeowners should always view the roof from the ground, and never attempt to climb on to the roof, either during or after the storm. This can be very dangerous, and it’s best to let a professional perform the task. It’s also important to remember to call a licensed professional and the insurance company at the first sign of roof damage. Chances are there are many homeowners with damage, and in the case of storm damage, claims and work orders are filed as they are received.

Following storms of this magnitude, homeowners should be prepared to see contractors knocking door-to-door. It’s extremely important to make sure that anyone hired is licensed. Florida law requires the license number to be visibly displayed on the work truck.

There will be many unreliable resources out there, so ask questions about the time it will take to see a representative and have the repairs complete. A reputable company can be onsite the day a homeowner calls. Also, the company should have the means to safeguard the home while waiting for repairs. Synthetic underlayment is the best way to keep a home protected and only a small group of contractors keep it on hand. A contractor with good manufacturer and distributor relationships is key in ensuring that materials arrive quickly. “After a storm, materials run low, so those relationships can be the difference in days, if not weeks or months, for repairs,” notes Wedding.

About Jasper Contractors
Jasper Contractors, a high-volume roofing company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia has offered exceptional roofing services since 2004. With offices located in Atlanta, Evansville, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Orlando, and Tampa, Jasper has earned an excellent reputation as the go-to contractor. All company contractors are certified, licensed, bonded and insured. Jasper specializes in offering a no-cost inspection and helps customers navigate the insurance claims process when they have sustained hail or wind damage to their roof. The company provides superb customer service and employs only highly-trained, highly-skilled roof installers. Jasper Contractors, Inc. is a subsidiary of EX Capital, LLC.

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