Ensuring Your Structure Withstands a Hurricane in Florida
In the aftermath of a hurricane, damage to homes–and particularly roofs is common. Hurricane Ian, the most recent storm to ravage Floridians, was responsible for 137 fatalities and an excess of $67 billion in damages.
Still, the threat of severe weather isn’t enough to deter dwellers looking to settle on white sandy beaches with turquoise waters and days on end of sunny skies. That leaves homeowners looking for ways to ensure their homes withstand the next big hurricane to hit Florida.
A metal roof can provide the strength and durability that these homeowners are looking for.
How to Rebuild After Hurricane Ian
If you’re in the same boat as the thousands of homeowners who are looking at roof replacement options in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, now is the time to consider the full range of options available on the market.
There’s a lot more than the traditional asphalt shingle options that have served as the go-to option for homes over the past century. And some of those options, like metal roofing, prove to be more durable compared to traditional shingle roofs.
Take a moment to consider how vulnerable this beachfront home was during Hurricane Ian. Despite the proximity to the coastline in Central Florida, the home weathered the storm intact thanks to the durability of the metal roof which provided essential protection for the entire structure.
A metal roof can often withstand heavy winds in excess of 140 miles per hour, making this material an easy choice for homeowners that don’t want to repeat the roof replacement process any time soon.
While the UL ratings on some asphalt shingle products can reach comparable performance in high winds, most are rated much lower–at 60 miles per hour.
What You Need to Know About Hurricane-Proof Roofing
When it comes to withstanding a category 5 hurricane, you need to understand how and where a metal roof is likely to fail. Here are the most common weaknesses:
– Poor Engineering
– Faulty Installation
– Uplift from High Winds
– Water Infiltration (Wind-Driven Rain)
– Damage from Flying Debris
The first two common points of failure are simple to avoid. Partner with a reputable roofing company that can provide industry-leading materials to avoid poor engineering and certified installation to avoid mechanical failures.
Additionally, pay close attention to UL ratings to choose a material that will withstand uplift from high winds and water-resistance testing to ensure that even wind-driven rain is no match for the roof.
It pays to invest in good engineering from the ground up. After Hurricane Andrew devastated Miami-Dade County in 1992, building codes dictated that new constructions should withstand high winds up to 175 miles per hour. Although other parts of the state have been slower to adopt these standards.
Still, when a radiologist from Ohio built his dream home, he took note of the engineering behind each and every material selection. And when Hurricane Michael decimated miles of panhandle coastline in 2018, his home was the last one standing–still pristine amid all the destruction.
There’s a lesson to be learned here–fortifying your coastal home with quality engineering, like a metal roof, can be a make-or-break difference when a strong storm comes.
Choosing Metal Over Shingles
Let’s take a closer look at how metal roofing compares to traditional asphalt shingles.
When it comes to providing a strong material designed to withstand the impact of strong storm surges, including wind, hail, and heavy rain–metal roofing is the easy choice. Most metal roofs are constructed from steel with a zinc coating that provides a self-healing effect.
Metal roofs that sustain minor damage during big storms will likely remain intact and continue to perform the job they’re designed for while shingle roofs are more susceptible to damage, leaving broken and missing shingles behind. Take a look at these shingle-roofed homes that were left with significant damage after Hurricane Ian.
By comparison, another home in the same area with a metal roof shows no visible signs of damage.
If choosing an environmentally-friendly option is high on the list of priorities, consider which roofing options can help you meet those goals. Asphalt shingles are made from petroleum-based products, contributing to carbon dependence. Plus, they’re destined for the landfill after a relatively short lifespan. By comparison, metal roofs are made from recycled materials. They last longer and when they’re decommissioned, the materials can be recycled again.
What really matters is how well the new roof will hold up the next time a category 5 hurricane makes landfall. This is the moment of truth where metal roofs stand out. Roofing materials, including underlayment, fasteners, and other components are assessed for wind resistance using a UL rating. The lowest rating on the scale sets the bar at 60 miles per hour–or a typical strong storm.
However, that’s no match for a hurricane like the one that recently impacted Fort Myers, Florida and caused extensive damage and flooding throughout Central Florida. If you live in a coastal state with a high risk of hurricanes, you need to go much higher on the UL rating system. You need maximum protection provided by a metal roof with the highest UL rating available.
Our Sincere Thoughts
Hurricane Ian devastated Central Florida with high winds and catastrophic flooding. Amid the damage, hundreds of lives were lost and thousands of families were displaced. Homes have been destroyed and lives forever changed.
As the flooding has receded, communities are coming together to survey the damage and begin the process of rebuilding. There’s one small glimmer of hope in all the loss–it’s a chance to come together and witness people coming together to help one another.
At Metal Sales, we have a long history of providing premium metal wall and roof panels. As communities come together and begin to rebuild, we’re here to provide support in building back stronger.
The Bottom Line on Hurricane-Safe Roofing
Nobody wants to be in the boat of having to rebuild their home. But if that’s the hand that life has dealt, consider this an opportunity to reassess your options. Choosing a metal roof when you rebuild provides your new and improved Florida home with the strength and durability that you need to weather the next storm. Metal Sales can provide a range of modern building material options to help you achieve your goals with the highest UL ratings.
About Metal Sales
Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation is the premier nationwide provider of metal panels for the construction industry. Metal Sales works with architectural specifiers and commercial construction professionals to create inspirational design solutions. With the industry’s largest and most knowledgeable sales and technical support team, Metal Sales has the expertise to address today’s challenges in high-performance, sustainable and Net-Zero building. Metal Sales has outreach around the world. Delivering outstanding roof, wall and fascia metal panels from its 21 facilities throughout the U.S.