Finding a roof that will hold during a hurricane is no easy task. Just ask the victims of hurricane Katrina. What about the homeowners in Florida that suffered through three hurricanes back to back in 2004? What roofs worked and what roofs didn't?
At the time of this writing, New England has been spared a hurricane strike that has caused major damage for quite some time. Have we been lulled into a state where we think it won't happen to us again? After all, the last one we had that was of any significance was "Bob", back in 1991, and before that, it was "Gloria", in 1985. So it's really been about 19 years since we've had any significant hurricane threats. Folks that own property along the coast always have the thought of a hurricane strike on their minds. Just ask someone you know that lives on the coast or owns property there. Cape Cod and the Islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, in Massachusetts, have also been spared. Coastal areas are of prime concern when it comes to hurricanes, but damage can and has occurred well inland when hurricanes have struck here in New England.
If you are considering a roofing option here in New England, or really anywhere where high winds or the possibility of a hurricane is present, you need to take into consideration the ability of that roof to hold fast in those extreme conditions. If your roof fails during a hurricane, the chances are good that your home will suffer severe damage and you may even experience a total loss of your home and its contents.
What are the choices of roofs that will hold fast during a hurricane? Well, most recently, we turn to Florida and Louisiana for the obvious answer. After the storms subsided, all one had to do was look around. The only roofs left unscathed by these horrific storms were lifetime aluminum metal roofing. This roofing has the highest wind rating in the industry. Metal roofing contractors' lead times went out to two to three years after the storms hit. Maybe if those homeowners had invested in metal roofs before the storm, they could have minimized the damage to their homes. With Federal tax credits now available for these aluminum energy star rated roofs, it may be the time to consider upgrading to a lifetime roof.