The Right Roof For Hurricane Season

The Right Roof For Hurricane SeasonHurricane season can be very difficult on your roof. Making sure that you have the right roofing materials in place can provide you with the utmost preparedness for your roofing materials. Here’s the best ways to determine if your roof is the right roof for hurricane season!

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is one of the best options for hurricane resistance because it lasts for a long time, is highly durable and it can withstand some of the highest winds. With the ability to withstand winds up to 160 mi./h these roofs can hold out through a hurricane. 

Tile Roof

In a Florida home, the tile roof can be extremely popular because it can withstand up to 100 mile-per-hour winds and they are excellent in the heat of the sun. Concrete and clay tiles have an extremely high resistance to storms which can be severe as well as winds which are considered to be hurricane force. 

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingle is considered to be a popular roofing material for its inexpensive nature. Asphalt shingles are no slouch and they can withstand winds up to 110 mi./h or the average wind speed of a category three hurricane. Shingles can be susceptible to blowing away because they are lightweight but they can also be easily replaced after a storm. 

Wind Resistance Based on Roof Shape

The shape of your roof also plays a role in the amount of wind resistance that you can handle. The overall shape of your roof can make a difference when it comes to minimizing the impact of winds and taking the full force of high winds. If you’re going to be building a brand-new home most roofing experts would suggest that it’s a good idea to seek a octagon shape or hexagon shape that’s multi panel so that you can reduce wind loads.

The Slope of Your Roof

A roof that has multiple slopes will perform well in hurricane conditions but a roof that has just a few slopes or flat roof design could face a series of wind resistance issues. Roofs with multiple slopes will ultimately perform far better in extremely windy conditions.  You can also appropriately prepare your roof for hurricane season to make sure that it can weather the storm; here are some of the top ways to prepare your roof so that it’s ready for a hurricane!

Installing Hurricane Straps

Hurricane straps can be an easy installation process that can reinforce your roof; they help your shingles withstand the brunt of the storm.

Clean Downspouts and Gutters

Make sure that you have appropriate drainage for your roof throughout the process of a storm. Without having access to the drainage that you need, your roof may continue to collect water and place excess pressure along the main components of its structure which could weaken it. You could also experience rot and problems with mold if water has the chance to collect.

Trim Overhanging Trees

If you have trees that are overhanging near your home it’s important to trim these back before hurricane season. Any trees that are overhanging could quickly lead to damage to your roof from falling debris and wind. 

If you would like a professional inspection of your roof before hurricane season, contact us today to learn more about getting the right roof for hurricane season!