The Rio Grande Valley has received heavy rainfall in recent weeks and some roofs have felt the effects. Stuart Owen, owner of Owen Roofing, has been swamped with customers in need of roof inspection and repairs.
"It's been crazy it seems to happen the same time every year," says Owen. "With the rains and tropical storm Arlene the phone has just been ringing off the wall."
A large portion of Owen's business comes from homes and businesses on South Padre Island, but he advises everyone to make sure their roofs are secure this hurricane season.
"People just don't realize the importance of the roof," says Owen. "The roof is protecting them, their cars, their clothes and everything they own is underneath that roof. It’s really something that should be taken more seriously."
According to Owen, the roofs that are most susceptible to weather damage are both shingled and flat roofs. He recommends metal and cement tile roofs for those seeking extra protection.
"They are screwed down and they are stronger with more fasteners on there as opposed to the composition shingles," says Owen. "One way to protect your roof right now is to replace any shingles that may be missing even if you just nail one on top of the other."