Here, in Texas, we’re no strangers to bad weather. Just this year, the state experienced a historic snowstorm, and while some enjoyed the strange weather, millions of residents were stuck in the dark without power, and several businesses were forced to close their doors for a couple of days.
While the snowstorm that occurred in February took many by surprise, many homeowners have started to prepare their homes for hurricane season. The Atlantic Hurricane Seasons begins from June 1 and continues until November 30. In Texas, the most active months for hurricanes are August, September, and October. So while there are still some months in between, we can take this time to get our home in order so that should the stormy season approach, we’ll be ready.
If you live in an area that experiences frequent hurricanes, these are some of the best ways that you can prep your roof and home:
Strong Roof Structures
According to a New Jersey Institute Of Technology report, the roof design most capable of withstanding fierce hurricanes is the hip roof. This is thanks to their four slopes, which perform better than the two slope gable roof.
The researchers involved in the study noted that roofing systems that slope at 30 degrees perform the best under hurricane conditions. Large roof overhangs are not recommended for homes in hurricane-prone areas. This is due to these winds having a tremendous uplift force. The overhangs are thus susceptible to destruction and can cause a roof failure. The report noted that roof overhangs should be a maximum of 20 inches in areas with frequent hurricanes.
Install A Metal Roofing System
Metal roofing systems are renowned for their durability and weather resistance features. They’re made with a wind rating upwards of 140 mph. Thanks to their strength, should any trees or lamposts fall on your property during the storm, your metal roofing system will be able to soften its blow and prevent significant damage to your home.
Metal roofing systems are also capable of withstanding the forces of heavy rainfall as well as hailstorms. Should a hurricane pass through your city, your metal roof will most likely stay intact and protect your home from the storm.
Inspecting your roof before the hurricane season approaches will give you insight into the condition of your roofing system and help you determine if it’s capable of making it through the stormy weather. It’s important to check that you have no loose or missing shingles, leakages, broken or clogged gutters, or any sagging roof structures.
To help you get your roof ready for the stormy season ahead give CMC Roofing Services a call today!