Weatherproof Your Roof for Hurricanes
Depending upon where you live, hurricanes and tropical storms raise concerns for homeowners each fall when it comes to roofing.
Get Ready for Hurricanes
Over the past two years, the construction industry has taken a serious look at roof performance following the major hurricanes that devastated Florida, Texas, and the Caribbean during the 2017 & 2018 season. Our company has done extensive visitation to Florida and Texas, and up the east coast, as well as consulted with numerous property owners and contractors in the Caribbean. Our goal is to assess roof performance and be able to provide our customers with ideas that will provide enhanced protection for their homes in the future.
Here are three key observations we have made, which we feel will have a significant positive impact on roof performance during extreme wind events:
- Current Building Code Compliance
While sometimes it can be aggravating to have to deal with new building codes, they do serve a purpose. We have observed much better performance from roofs and homes built according to these new requirements than from older structural designs.
- Airborne Debris
Your roof is only as safe as your neighbors’ roofs. Particularly in the instance of tile roofs that blow off, we have seen significant damage to roofs when materials from other roofs land on them. Similar problems can be caused by trees and limbs that blow against the house, setting off roof damages.
- Metal Consistently Out-Performs Other Materials
Even as it ages, metal roofs retain their wind resistance compared to other materials which weaken or become brittle over the years. We have observed many times that other materials become less resilient with age while metal retains its wind resistance. (As a side note, aluminum roofing will out-perform steel in corrosive coastal environments.)
Learn more about wind resistance, and all of the factors that go into weatherproofing your roof from hurricanes and other windstorms in this article by our home improvement expert, Todd Miller.
We’re here to respond to your questions, and to provide the details and attributes of a roof that protects your home from wind.