Hurricane-strength winds cause significant property damage every year in our area of Florida. If you’re planning to have a new roof installed, you have an ideal opportunity to boost your home’s resistance to high winds and lower the risk of storm damage. Since the roof is your home’s first line of defense against the elements, increasing wind resistance also enhances your family’s security and safety during a storm. The following tips can help you hurricane-proof a new roof.
Schedule a Wind Mitigation Inspection
During an inspection, a state-certified professional assesses several roof-related aspects of your home. You’ll get recommendations on ways to increase wind resistance, such as having roof-to-wall attachments or hurricane clips installed and gable-end bracing. As a bonus, having your roofing contractor make these improvements during a roof installation can save you money on your yearly homeowners’ insurance premiums.
Investigate Changing Your Roof Geometry
If you currently have a gable roof, talk to us about the benefits of changing the structure to a hip design when you’re replacing the roofing material. A hipped roof slopes down on all four sides so wind gets deflected up and over the house. This is the only roof style that automatically qualifies for a wind mitigation homeowners’ insurance discount, because it’s less likely to be seriously damaged or torn off during a hurricane.
Consider Metal Roofing
Installing a metal roof costs more upfront compared to replacing a shingle roof, but metal is one of the most durable roofing materials available and can last for 40 years or more. A metal roof also stands up extremely well to the elements, including high winds, as long as it’s properly installed by an experienced roofing contractor. Some homeowners choose to have a water barrier installed underneath the metal as an extra layer of protection against the driving rains that often accompany wind storms.
Choose Wind-Resistant Shingles
If you prefer the appearance and affordability of shingle roofing but you want better protection against damage during a hurricane, look for a product that provides above-average wind resistance. Owens Corning has developed shingles with advanced SureNail technology that offer a 130-MPH wind warranty when they’re installed by a Platinum Preferred contractor like us.
To learn more about the different options available to hurricane-proof your home’s new roof, contact us today at Mark Kaufman Roofing. We’ve provided exceptional roofing services to homeowners throughout the Sun Coast since 1988.