Metal Roofing Increases Storm Protection
Storm protection is at the top of the list in protecting your home from damage. While hurricanes are the source of the worst storm damage, the steps you take to protect your home from the punishing wind and rain of a tornado, snow storm, or other damaging storm will also protect your house.
Loose shingles, especially at the edge of your roof, are a disaster waiting to happen. Often, when the wind catches the edge of a loose shingle and rips it free, more shingles follow.
Be sure to check your roof carefully for loose shingles and leaks. It’s important to have shingles and leaks repaired immediately or further damage will accrue with time.
One of the best investments you can make for your home is the installation of a metal roofing system. Metal roofs not only help with energy efficiency costs, but also offer a layer of the highest protection against storm damage.
Out of all the roofing materials, metal is the strongest and most durable and can withstand hurricane force winds. With a metal roof, you are not going to have the problems associated with asphalt, wood, ceramic, and other more degradable materials.
Metal roofs can last a lifetime and are often guaranteed to by the manufacturer. The high quality of a metal roof adds a layer of protection for underlying materials and your personal belongings.
Be sure to check with your tax professional because you may find there are advantages for metal roof installation.
Here are some other tips to increase the value of your home while protecting it from the elements:
- Waterproof your home – Wherever possible, caulk around openings for cable wires, phone wires and other utilities into your home. All of them are entry points for water which could get between your walls and cause mold – a major health hazard for your family.
- Make sure soffits are sealed – the material that covers the underside of the roof overhang. High winds can drive rain nearly horizontally, and force it up under the overhang and into your house. Make sure that the soffit is securely attached to the roof overhang AND sealed against the house to prevent water from entering.
- Protect openings – The biggest entry points for rain and wind into your home are the same ones that you use to get in and out – the doors and windows. Strong winds can exert hundreds of pounds of pressure both inward and outward on your doors and windows.
- Carports – Free standing carports are actually less likely to take damage (and cause damage to the rest of the home) than attached carports. For both, the most important factor is how well the roof is anchored.
- Reinforce outdoor structures – Storage sheds, cabanas, gazebos and carports can become airborne and lethal during a hurricane. Inspect porch roofs to be sure that they are securely anchored in place. If they’re not, have the anchors reinforced.
Be sure to check with your insurer to see which improvements will net you a discount on your premium. And as we mentioned, check with your tax professional to find out if you can get credits or reimbursements for installing metal roofing.
If you are looking for Metal Roof Installations or Replacement, please call Falling Rocks Roofing at 720-227-0555 or complete our online request form.