According to news reports, up to 16 named tropical storms could occur in 2020, out of an average of 12. Up to eight storms are predicted to reach hurricane status, with winds in excess of 74 miles per hour. As many Floridians found out the hard way, a stable roof can be key to mitigating massive damage and preventing partial or total habitat loss.
As diverse as the houses they can cover and protect are, there are many types of roofs – from shingles to barrel tiles to asphalt and metal options.
The safest option for hurricane conditions is a metal roof, said Ray Smith, president and owner of G&G Roofing Construction Inc. of Rockledge. Metal roofing panels are overlapped and attached to the structure of the home or business, protecting the home by reducing the ability of the wind to get entangled on or under the roof structure.
By industry standards, most metal roofs are designed to withstand winds of up to 140 miles per hour. In addition, they provide protection from other extreme weather events, including lightning / thunderstorms and hailstorms.
The durability of metal roofs means they don’t require the same level of maintenance, and neither do they have many of the problems associated with other roof options – they will rot, splinter, crack, dry out, splinter, and warp. Metal roofs are also environmentally friendly and are usually made from recycled materials that can be recycled again at the end of their useful life.