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How to Make Your Roof Hurricane Proof

Oct 28, 2021

A satellite image of a hurricane passing over Florida.

We’ve all seen images of homes in Florida destroyed when they ended up in the direct path of a hurricane and wondered “can that happen to my home?” Unfortunately, occasional extreme weather is simply a fact of life on Florida’s west coast, so it’s worth investing in proper hurricane prevention. Your roof is a key part of this. In this blog, we’ll explain the most important factors in making your roof hurricane proof—or at least as close as it can get.

Choose the Right Type of Roofing

Some roofs are much better suited to withstanding hurricanes than others. Metal roofing is by far the best option, as it can not only provide exceptional wind resistance but also won’t puncture as easily in the event of an impact. If you choose metal roofing for your home, be sure to select a product designed for hurricane zones.

While metal is usually the best choice, other roofing materials can be designed for hurricane defense as well. Modern asphalt shingle roofs can be built to provide outstanding protection. For example, Owens Corning offers options that can withstand a Category 3 hurricane, and IKO Dynasty shingles will stay put in wind gusts of up to 130 mph.

Fortify Your Windows

What do windows have to do with making your roof hurricane proof? Your windows are the most vulnerable points of your home. If they break during a hurricane, it can allow strong wind gusts to create high pressure inside your home and compromise your roof from within. At the bare minimum, you should equip your windows with high-quality shutters. However, the best option is to have hurricane-impact windows installed, as this will provide maximum protection.

Learn More About How to Hurricane Proof Your Roof

Based in Bradenton, FL, Grayhawk Remodeling is the premier provider of hurricane-proof products in our region. We offer everything from storm-resistant metal and asphalt shingle roofing to hurricane impact windows to secure your home against severe weather. Contact us today to learn more.

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