Hurricane-Proof Roofs: Materials, Types, and Designs


Certain materials can withstand the high winds and torrential rains of a hurricane. Read on to discover the best roof options for hurricanes and learn how to protect your home.

The Primary Threats to Prepare For:

1. Heavy Rains Caused by Wind:

   Wind-driven heavy rain can lead to water damage, distinct from a flood. It’s essential to note that this type of rain may not be covered by insurance, as it wouldn’t reach your home without the wind. Protect your home and understand your coverage before a storm.

2. Debris Impact:

   Debris picked up by the wind and blown into your home can cause unexpected damage during a hurricane. Hurricane forces can transport items to your roof. Look for low-hanging or dead branches that could become projectiles. A tree branch can damage your roof as much as hurricane winds.

3. High Winds and Uplift:

   Hurricanes are known for high winds and uplift, causing destruction. Regardless of the roofing material, ensure it is checked and repaired to prevent weak points susceptible to tearing apart during a hurricane.

4. Tornadoes:

   Conditions during hurricane season often favor tornadoes. Choosing the right roofing materials and designs is crucial for protection against storms.

Roofing Materials: Choosing the Right Building Material

Let’s explore the options available.

Metal Roofs:

Metal roofs are the top choice, proven to withstand winds of up to 140 mph, making them ideal for Category 4 hurricanes. Professional installation is crucial for success, considering factors like roof deck, slope, and form. Incorrect installation, especially during hailstorms, is a common cause of metal roof failure. When upgrading your roof, choose a contractor well-versed in metal roof design.

Ceramic Tile Roofs:

Popular in Florida, ceramic tile roofs aren’t as resistant to hurricane winds as metal roofs but can withstand speeds of 100+ mph. Individual tiles, attached with clips, wire, and concrete, require professional installation and quality underlayment for longevity. Regular maintenance can extend the lifespan of clay or ceramic tile roofs up to 50 years. The weight difference between slate, clay, and ceramic tiles is substantial, with ceramic tiles being lighter and suitable for Florida homeowners seeking a specific look without the need for a sturdier home structure.

This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which is the premier roofers Clearwater FL Contractor! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.