Metal roofs and hurricanes

If you live in the Tampa, FL area like we do, you know that things like Hurricanes always need to be on the mind. And as we head into peak hurricane season here at the end of the month, you’re going to want to make sure that you have a roof on your home that puts your mind at ease and does the best possible job of protecting you and the things that are important to you. 

Today, we’re going to talk about why you’ll want a metal roof on your home when hurricane season hits. Let’s jump right in!

Zoning codes for high-velo hurricanes

After Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the state set out to tighten their building codes when it came to the designation of what High-velocity hurricane zones are and some of these included product regulations. Now only three counties in Florida are designated as high velocity zones, but metal roofs not only meet codes and protect your home, but even if you’re not in one of these zones, they’ll be helpful in terms of protecting against high winds and the like. 

Debris

The biggest concern during a hurricane is often the debris that gets ripped about as a result of the exceedingly high wins. Things like storm windows are a huge asset to protect the interior of your home, but debris can really do a number on shingle roof systems and clay/ceramic systems as well. Metal roofs have what we call a Class 4 rating – meaning that they rarely show any signs of fracture. Yeah, you might get a dent here and there and certainly some scrapes – but it sure beats hunks of your roof and home ending up a mile down the road. 

Wind driven rain

Hurricanes dump a ton of water in the places they impact – and that water can create extreme dangers to homes – and not just in terms of flooding like we saw with Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. We’re talking standing water on roofs, or it seeping into cracks and crevices on top of your home. This water can cause leaks, but just as concerning it can drop down into places and form mold and other damage that can be hazardous to your health well after the storm has come and gone. Metal roofs keep your home better insulated and specifically due to their design, won’t allow for water to seep in or build up in any one particular place. 

So if you’re looking for the best possible protection about the next big storm headed your way, you should certainly consider a metal roof for your home. If you have any questions or any needs for metal roof clips and components, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Until then – good luck!

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