Reinforce Your Knowledge to Ensure Protection Against the Elements

Royalty Protection Against the Elements
September 11, 2023 at 12:00 p.m.

By Royalty Companies. 

If you live in an area susceptible to hurricanes or other extreme weather, it is important to understand which roofing materials will best protect your home. 

While there is no guarantee to protect your home against extreme weather events, understanding the role of roofing materials can help ensure the longevity of your roof. Florida homeowners are particularly susceptible this time of year to hurricanes and tropical storms. Understanding your options and how different types of roofing systems stand up against these storms can help you make an informed decision on your next roof. 

Shingle and metal roofs are two of the most common types of roofs for homes. When it comes to hurricane resistance, metal roofs generally perform better than shingle roofs. But having a metal roof is not a foolproof solution. Doing research and working with your contractor is important to find the best solution for your home. 

With that in mind, here are some reasons why metal roofs are often considered better against hurricanes: 

  • Wind resistance: Metal roofs are more durable and have higher wind resistance compared to shingle roofs. They are less likely to be blown off or damaged by high-speed hurricane winds. 
  • Impact resistance: Metal roofs are better able to withstand flying debris during hurricanes, which is a common cause of roof damage in these storms.  
  • Lightweight: Metal roofs are generally lighter than shingle roofs, reducing the overall load on the structure. This can be particularly advantageous in areas prone to hurricanes, where the high wind forces can exert significant pressure on the roof. 
  • Longevity: Metal roofs tend to have a longer lifespan than shingle roofs, which means they might require less frequent replacement after a hurricane. 
  • Fire resistance: Metal roofs are noncombustible, offering an added advantage in areas where wildfires might occur after a hurricane. 

However, there are some considerations to keep in mind: 

  • Proper installation: Regardless of the roofing material, proper installation is crucial for withstanding hurricanes. Make sure to hire a reputable and experienced roofing contractor who understands the specific requirements for hurricane-prone regions. 
  • Maintenance: Regular maintenance and inspections are necessary for any roof to ensure it remains in good condition and can withstand extreme weather events. 
  • Building codes: Some hurricane prone regions have specific building codes and regulations that dictate the type of roofing materials allowed. Always check with local authorities before making a decision. 

If you live in an area prone to hurricanes, it’s essential to consider these factors and consult with a roofing professional to determine the best roofing solution for your specific circumstances. Additionally, other measures, such as reinforcing the roof structure and ensuring proper anchoring, are also important for enhancing the overall hurricane resistance of your home. 

Original article source: Royalty Companies

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