What to Look For in Storm Safe Roofing

Whether you live in Tornado Alley, in hurricane country or anywhere with high winds and severe storms, storm safe roofing is an important investment to make in your house. Properly installed storm safe roofing can not only help your home survive severe weather, it can also save you money. In some areas of the country, like Oklahoma City, severe weather is so common that a local news station actually offered a home tornado shelter as a giveaway! Your family may not have to go that far, but here’s what to look for to get the most out of your storm safe roofing:

High Impact Resistance.  Impact resistance is perhaps the most important quality that storm safe roofing provides. In a storm, the worst damage is often not from the weather itself but from debris thrown by the wind. Hail is also a common roof-destroyer whose damage can be reduced or eliminated by proper roofing.

A Warranty. If you’re investing in a severe weather roof, you want one you can count on. Ask our experts about roofing backed by a warranty and check to see if there are any special requirements for installation that are needed to activate the warranty.

Insurance Savings. In theory, if your new roof helps avoid future wind or hail damage you may end up avoiding hefty repair bills or insufficient insurance settlements down the line. But your roof may be able to start saving you money immediately. Many insurers offer discounts on your home insurance premium if you install storm safe roofing on your house. Before buying your roofing, ask your insurance agent what qualifies for a discount.

Heavier Tiles. Aside from debris damage, wind itself can lift up the tiles of a roof and ultimately tear the roof apart. While all storm safe roofing is wind resistant to some degree, heavier tiles or roofing materials will naturally hold down better against high winds and resist being lifted up. Consider asking us to use heavier materials to maximize your protection.

Proper Sealing & Installation. A weather safe roof is only as strong as its installation. Our experts understand that storm safe roofing should have some kind of sealing method under each layer of shingles or tiles to help avoid uplift by wind. Likewise, we know to use roofing nails—not staples—and make sure they are being placed appropriately to maximize roofing strength.

Follow these tips and you’ll have no problems finding strong, reliable, cost-saving storm safe roofing. Do you have any other tips regarding protecting your home?