Hurricane reinforcements, hurricane-proof materials, and everything in between
It is best to protect your home with a metal roof when it comes to hurricane preparedness. Metal roofs are built to withstand winds of up to 160mph. Plus, it won’t blow away in pieces that become potential projectiles, which is what shingles do when they come loose. In hurricane-prone areas, like Florida, you’ll want to consider metal roofing for your home for the best long-term protection.
WHAT ROOFING SHOULD YOU INSTALL ON YOUR HOME?
Roofing material comes down to preference in many cases. However, you should also consider longevity and durability as major factors in your final decision – especially as a Florida homeowner. Let’s break down the main types you’ll be picking from when selecting your new roof.
By far your best option for protecting your roof from wind damage.
- Wind Resistance: Up to 160mph
- Benefits: Durable, long-lasting, and no shingles to blow away in strong wind.
- Drawbacks: Not all homeowners are fond of the look a metal roof gives their home.
Good for hurricanes but less than optimal compared to metal roofing.
- Wind Resistance: Up to roughly 130mph
- Benefits: Aesthetic appeal make it a popular choice among homeowners.
- Drawbacks: The weight of this roofing material prevents it from being an option for many Florida homes.
Does not have the same resistance to wind as competing roofing materials.
- Wind Resistance: Up to 110mph
- Benefits: Slate is an eco-friendly roofing material.
- Drawbacks: Slate roofs are more expensive and heavier than other options, similar to ceramic tile roofs.
- Wind Resistance: Up to roughly 110mph
- Benefits: A common roofing material that may be more affordable than other options.
- Drawbacks: Not well-equipped to handle storms over a Category 3.
PROTECTING YOUR ROOF DURING HURRICANE SEASON
Roof type alone shouldn’t be the only measure you take against hurricane season. When preparing your home for an incoming hurricane be sure to double-check your roof has hurricane straps or other roof reinforcements in place. You should also secure your yard of any potential projectiles. In advance of hurricane season, you can opt for a professional inspection of your roof to repair any hidden damage before disaster strikes.
Hurricane Straps and Roof Reinforcements
Hurricane straps add extra reinforcement against wind-damage. This is generally added to new construction but can be added to your home post-roofing – it’s just more costly and time-consuming.
Roof reinforcements can also include a cable tie-down system. This essentially ties your roof to the foundation of your home.
Secure Yard for Incoming Hurricanes
Your roof isn’t the only thing you should be concerned about securing. Bring chairs and trash cans inside. Larger items that could be difficult or unsafe to bring inside, think propane tanks, should be anchored down. You should also trim all the trees surrounding your home. These steps will limit the potential projectiles that could be sent through your roof in high winds.
It’s also wise to board up windows. This won’t necessarily protect your roof, but it will protect your home’s interior and inhabitants.
Professional Exterior and Interior Inspection of Your Roof
While you’re not likely to call a professional roofing contractor out for an inspection hours before a hurricane is expected to hit, you can prepare for future hurricanes with inspections. Find a trusted roofing company and schedule an interior and exterior inspection. A professional will be able to tell you if your roof needs repair or additional reinforcement.
DO YOU HAVE TIME TO REPLACE YOUR ROOF BEFORE HURRICANE SEASON?
A roofing company can give you an estimate on the length of time it will take from start to finish to install a roof. Remember, it’s unlikely they’ll pop out the next day and begin work on your roof. By preparing in advance you can ensure you have a new roof protecting your home by the start of hurricane season.
Why You Should Consider Changing Your Roof Material
If it’s time for you to change out your roof and your current roofing material isn’t metal, it’s time to weigh the pros and cons. With metal roofing, you’re looking at extended longevity and increased resistance to high-winds. This means fewer repairs and replacements in the lifetime of your home.
How Long Does Roof Installation Take?
Most roofing installations should take no more than three to five days. Your roofing company can give you a clear estimate on the start and end date for your new roof to be finished. They’ll also be able to answer any questions you have about the installation process.
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