Metal Roofing Provides Protection During Hurricanes
Homes and neighborhoods throughout the United States - from the northeast, to the deep south, to the midwest, and the west coast - are subject to damaging storms, whether in the form of hurricanes, tornadoes, high winds, noreasters, floods, or other severe weather patterns. When a tornado strikes a community, it can take a devastating human toll due to the potential for swift and complete destruction of homes and property. Often, it's the houses and personal property that are the victims of severe weather due to costly and sometimes irreparable damage due to flooding or breakdown of the exterior components of the home such as the roof, siding, windows, or foundation.
When activity from severe storms and the damage they cause to a community are plastered over the news channels, we are reminded of how devastating that loss of property can be to an individual or family. In times like these, it's important to take stock of our homes and make sure we're doing everything we can to protect not only the house and property, but also our family members who depend on the protection a home can provide.
Metal roofing is one choice a homeowner can make to ensure the protection of a home, the property, and the individuals who reside there. A properly and advanprofessionally installed metal roof is resistant to damage from high winds, falling debris, lighting, and even fire. While asphalt shingles are susceptible to tearing and flying off in windy conditions, opening the way for leaks and internal water damage, a metal roof will stay securely in place to protect the home against leaks and incoming water. Asphalt shingles are also susceptible to damage from falling debris, leading to cracks or holes and the potential for further damage, while a metal roof provides strong protection against such destruction. This means that not only is the roof protected from costly damages, but the home is also securely protected from water, lightning, sparks, and debris.
Metal roofing has been proven to resist the damage caused by high winds and severe weather. Photos of hurricane or storm stricken neighborhoods often show the homes with metal roofs as sustaining less damage overall. Some evidence shows that while siding or windows became vulnerable to winds, rain, hail, or flying debris, the metal roof of the same home remained intact. Neighboring homes in close proximity show more evidence of destruction from the storm than those homes with metal roofs.
There are many ways to ensure that a home is safe and sound in the event of an intense storm. Choosing a high quality, professionally installed metal roof is significant way to reinforce the safety of the entire home. Metal roofing will often have a higher upfront cost in terms of materials and installation, but the payoff is profound and long-lasting. In addition to protecting a home in the face of severe weather, a metal roof is an environmentally friendly, energy saving choice that is expected to last over 50 years with minimal maintenance, saving money over the long term on repairs and roof replacement.
Different roofing companies and metal roofing systems will provide different options in terms of pricing, warranties, expectations, and guarantees so it's extremely important to research and compare options to ensure you're getting the best available product for your investment.