Hurricanes, High Winds, And Your Roof

Florida residents know the risks of hurricanes and how important it is to prepare. So, while you’re stocking up on household essentials and replacing flashlight batteries, be sure to minimize damage to your home by properly maintaining your roof.

While there is no sure way to predict the exact amount of damage that will be done to your roof, you can get an idea of what to expect based on the category of the hurricane, which is based on the severity of the sustained winds.

Category 1: 74-95 mph.
Category 2: 96-110 mph.
Category 3: 111-129 mph.
Category 4: 130-156 mph.
Category 5: 157+ mph.

How High Winds Affect Your Roof

So how do different hurricane categories affect the roof? Hurricane-force winds can rip off shingles or roof tiles, and pull gutters from the side of your roof. When these happen, exposed areas will be susceptible to leaks and water will not be able to move away from your home’s foundation.

High winds can also cause tree limbs, flying objects, and smaller debris to land on your roof. The impact from these foreign objects can cause shingles and tiles to fall away, or even create holes through your roof.

Which Roof Material is Best for Hurricanes?

When deciding which roofing material to put on your home, you can use this quick guide to see how they compare when it comes to hurricanes.

Metal Roofing

  • Wind Resistance: Up to 160mph
  • Benefits: Durable, long-lasting, energy-efficient
  • Drawbacks: Pricier roofing option with a distinct style that doesn’t fit every home style.

Clay & Concrete Tile Roofing

  • Wind Resistance: Up to roughly 130mph
  • Benefits: Aesthetic appeal makes it a popular choice among homeowners.
  • Drawbacks: The weight of this roofing material prevents it from being an option for some Florida homes.

Asphalt Shingle Roofing

  • 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.

Ways To Prepare Your Roof for a Storm

No matter what precautions you take, there is always a possibility your roof will experience damage during a hurricane. But you can minimize risk by trimming loose branches, clearing gutters, and getting your roof inspected by a roofing professional near you.

Stanley’s Roofing can inspect your roof and make sure your home is prepared for hurricanes and inclement weather. Contact us today to schedule a thorough roof inspection.

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