In Texas, we know a thing or two about living through bad weather. We’ve had historic snowstorms just this year, and while some enjoyed the strange weather, millions of residents were stuck in the dark without power for days, and businesses had to close their doors to survive the storm.
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 we’re in the thick of things, now would be the best time to get our homes in order, to survive throughout the hurricane season.
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 four slope hip roof is most capable of withstanding fierce hurricanes. Hip roofs outperform the two-slope gable roof because they have more slopes that better withstand high wind speeds and extreme weather.
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, and this is due to hurricane 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
As a homeowner, you want to do everything in your power to protect the investments that are housed within your walls. That’s why metal roofing systems make for great storm shelters during violent weather conditions. They’re made with a wind rating upwards of 140 mph and can usually withstand damage from falling trees or lampposts should any land on your property during an intense storm.
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.
Check your roof before any storms begin rolling into town to see if it’s ready for the harsh weather. Check that you have no loose or missing shingles, leakages, broken gutters, sagging structures, and more.
To help you get your roof ready for the stormy season ahead, give Beck Roofing & Restoration a call today!