Storm Damage: Has it Hit Your Roof?

July 4, 2012 | Filed under: Buying a New Roof,Featured Post,Homeowner Tips

Severe storms in recent weeks in many areas of the country have left roofs with storm damage by wind and hail. Homeowners who felt that they had years of service left in their roofs are frustrated as they face insurance claims and extensive repairs or replacement. Furthermore, even if repairs are possible, the damages have jeopardized the future life expectancies of their roofs.

Violent weather patterns seem to be increasing in the United States. A growing number of homeowners are thinking about their roofs and looking for roofing options that are not prone to damage from wind, hail, snow, and ice. As a result, the fastest growing segment of the residential roofing industry has been metal roofing. Metal has seen its market share more than quadruple over the past decade.

Conventional shingles rely on gravity and low-end adhesives to try to hold tight during high winds. Like many commodities, there has been a push by their manufacturers to cut the cost of asphalt and fiberglass shingles. This has led to products that are less flexible and less adhered than they have been in the past. Instead of lasting longer, they are performing more poorly than ever.

Even though their warranties are for longer periods of time, standard shingles are having to be replaced at five to 20 years of age. The variance depends more on the weather conditions and whether the products were installed well in the first place than it does on the original quality of the product.

Metal offers a solution because of the way that the panels interlock rather than just rely on gravity or sealants to hold them in place. Classic Metal Roofing Systems feature fully interlocking panels as well as concealed fasteners to create a weathertight “shell” to protect homes and withstand the rigors of harsh weather.

If you’re finding yourself faced with re-roofing your home due to storm damage, consider a beautiful metal roof that will protect your home while increasing its value. Additional benefits include energy efficiency, fire safety, and low weight. Check out the benefits of metal roofing or email us at for advice on whether a metal roof is right for your home. Metal roofing will require an investment beyond what your insurance will pay you for a damaged shingle roof but now may be a good time to make that investment once and for all and save yourself from future roof maintenance and worries.