It is officially hurricane season, and Hurricane Elsa is just one of the possible tropical storms that Florida may experience this year. The National Weather Service predicts that between 13 and 20 named storms will form in the Atlantic, with six of them possibly turning into hurricanes. Major storms are expected to form in three to five of these hurricanes.
To protect their property from flying debris, high winds, and water damage, Floridians need to ensure that their homes are hurricane-ready. While there is only so much one can do to protect their roof from major hurricanes, it is important to be prepared. In this article, we will discuss the true impact of hurricanes on average homes’ roofing systems and what to do if you have a severely damaged roof.
Common Types of Roof Damage During a Hurricane
Because hurricanes have many characteristics, there are many ways that a hurricane could cause damage to your roof.
- Strong winds: Although tropical storms can produce high winds, storms that reach speeds greater than 74 miles per hour are considered hurricanes. Strong winds can cause roof tiles to fall off and shingles to be ripped off. They can also pull down gutter systems or lift up the sides of a steel roof.
- Hail: Sometimes, hail occurs during a hurricane. Hail damage can result in damaged or cracked roofing shingles, and even dents to your metal roof. If the roof is not sealed properly, hail damage can cause water damage.
- Heavy rain: Sometimes, heavy rain can cause roof damage when it comes with hail from a hurricane. However, heavy rain can also cause roof damage due to excessive wear.
This post was written by a roofing specialist at All-Star Roofing. We offer the best Tampa roofing. We are a family owned and operated roofing business, striving to be the best in our industry. Our family has been in the Tampa Bay area for over 60 years, and our objective has always been to provide roofing services at a fast, reliable, and competitive rate. All-Star has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.