Dealing with extreme weather

For a while it looked like the US was going to escape the usually Hurricane-heavy season last fall, but as the waters began to warm, things took a dramatic change in the opposite direction.

In the past few years, our colleagues in the construction industry have begun to take a long, hard look at roof performance. Simply put, the increase in Hurricane activity will likely become the norm and we’ll have to do our best to help our customers be as ready as they possibly can be.

Here are a few of the observations we’ve made which we think can have a significant impact on your roof’s performance in extreme weather events. Let’s jump right in.

Code Compliance

While it’s really annoying and aggravating to be dealing with building codes, they’re there for a reason – and that’s to keep us all safe. Whenever you purchase a new roof – metal or not – make sure it’s code compliant down to the tee. Not only will it help you avoid getting in trouble with the town, but also it’ll keep you safe when you need it the most.

Airborne Debris

There’s kind of an old saying about roofs in extreme weather – and that’s that your roof is really only as safe as your neighbor’s roofs. Why? Because in hurricanes, tile roofs will blow off and they can do a ton of damage to roofs when materials from other roofs clatter into them. It’s hard to avoid this issue as you’ll make your decisions about your roof and your neighbors will make theirs. Just be conscious that you’re not only protecting against the elements in a hurricane. You’re protecting against other people’s decisions as well.

Metal really does work best

While other materials routinely bend, break and weaken – metal roofs are the only system that retains its weather resistance. They’re not 100% fail-proof because nothing is. But they consistently out-perform the competition every time. Even not all metal roofs are created the same – as aluminum roofing actually outperforms steel in coastal environments. But if you’re looking to go with the best possible protection – go with the metal roof.

If you live in an area that has to deal with hurricanes, we suggest one of the first things you do is get a roof inspection by a qualified contractor. There may be loose areas or other problem spots which – If not addressed now, can impact your performance during a storm. Stay safe and good luck, folks!

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