Florida storms can be brutal and have the potential to cause severe damage to your home’s roofing system. From leaks and shingle damage to structural issues, the roof of your Miami home is vulnerable when a storm rolls through. Prioritizing home improvement projects and keeping your roof in excellent condition is an essential part of keeping your home and family safe in Florida.

Of course, investing in projects to protect your home from storm damage can be costly. The My Safe Florida Home program is designed to help offset these costs. Unfortunately, this program is notoriously confusing and can be quite difficult for homeowners to understand. Luckily, as approved My Safe Florida Home contractors, our industry experts are experienced in navigating the complexities of the program and we are happy to share our knowledge with you. Below is our ultimate guide to navigating the My Safe Home Program.

What is My Safe Florida Home?

Originally started in 2006, the My Safe Florida Home program is a state-run initiative that helps Florida homeowners minimize the effects of the terrible storms we often see in this region. Between resources, services, and rebates, the ultimate goal of the program is to help homeowners strengthen their properties to prevent severe storm damage.

Eligibility Requirements

The eligibility requirements for the program are simple and straightforward. If you own a site-built, single-family, detached house, you may apply.

Understanding the Grant Process

The grant process is where things tend to get a bit complicated, but don’t worry—we can make it easy to understand! To qualify, you will need to:

  • Receive a Free Hurricane Inspection Through the Program
  • Provide Proof of Homestead Exemption
  • Provide Documentation Showing That Your Home is Insured for Less than $500,000
  • Provide a Copy of Your Property Insurance Declarations Page
  • Show That Your Home is in an Eligible Wind-Borne Debris Region of Florida
  • Prove That Your House’s Initial Building Construction Permit was Issued Prior to January 1st, 2008
  • Allow the Program to Perform a Free Re-Inspection Following Repair and Construction Work

Understanding Your Inspection Report

Your inspection report will include a list of eligible upgrades on page 6. These home hardening upgrades are not mandatory. You can choose to do the ones that would have the most impact on protecting your home.

Roof Replacement Under the My Safe Florida Home Program

If you are eligible for a roof replacement under the My Safe Florida Home Program, this will be noted in your inspection report as a recommendation to add a Secondary Water-Resistant Barrier. Our expert roofers are the best roof replacement specialists serving the Miami area and will work closely with you and local building officials to ensure that the products used for your home will pass inspection.

The Reimbursement Process

The first step in the reimbursement process is to schedule your free final inspection through the My Safe Florida Home program. Next, you will complete a Reimbursement Draw Request and your reimbursement will be issued.

How Our Specialists Can Help You Navigate My Safe Florida Home

Protecting your house from storm damage is crucial. If you need assistance with the complexities of the My Safe Florida Home program, allow our knowledgeable and experienced team to help you. With over $60,000 of grant reimbursement approved, we have already helped many customers successfully navigate the program and we would love to help you too. Contact us today to discuss your needs.