Many roofing contractors already sent their employees to Houston to meet the enormous need for roofing repairs after Hurricane Harvey, and now, many companies in Florida are struggling to keep up with the damage caused by Hurricane Irma.
Several roofing companies are reporting non-stop calls for roofing repairs in areas such as Orlando, Naples, Miami, and the Florida Keys.
While most of the damage is related to wind, people are also reporting trees and power lines that feel on their roofs, and ripped and torn shingles.
What that means for residents in Florida, is likely a lot of tarping. Thankfully, at least for residents in Hillsborough County, the Federal government is offering some temporary aid through a project called Operation Blue Roof. A priority mission provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Operation Blue Roof provides fiber-reinforced sheeting and installation to cover damaged roofs for homeowners in disaster areas until arrangements can be made for permanent repairs.
For residents outside of Hillsborough County, re-roofing – even temporary tarping done by roofing contractors – may take some time.
Slowed not just by short staffing, many roofing contractors in Florida have also faced delays related to rain and lightning which make roof repairs unsafe.
Explains Andrew Mosher, a sales and estimate specialist for Collins Roofing, “Everybody is just trying to make the best of it right now and we’re going to do the best we can to service them.”
For more information about Operation Blue Roof and eligibility requirements, call (888) ROOF-BLU or visit http://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Emergency-Operations/National-Response-Framework/Temporary-Roofing.
This article is brought to you by ASAP Roofing, a national roofing company that specializes in hail damage, roofing restoration, and hurricane repair. ASAP has offices in Dallas, Texas, and Denver, Colorado.