The end of the summer is a beautiful time in much of the United States, but also signals the beginning of a time that puts many people’s nerves on edge. Why? Two words: hurricane season.

The early autumn can be an unsettling time for many home owners, but properly prepping and preparing yourself before the big storms hit can save you time and sometimes a small fortune if you’ve crossed your T’s and dotted all of your I’s.

Here are 3 tips to help you prepare for hurricane season!

Get a roof inspection

A roof inspection will help you to identify the faults and weak places in your roof before the rain and winds arrive. A qualified contractor will be able to diagnose your roof’s health and whether or not you need to have some repairs done prior to the full strength of a storm smashes against it.

Clean your gutters, downspouts and drainage systems

It’s only common sense when you think about it. Your gutters and drainage systems are in place to direct water away from possible problem areas. If they can’t do this, the chances of problems arising from the excess rainfall can cause drastic damage to roof and ultimately your entire home. If heights aren’t your thing, we recommend having a roofing professional come out to evaluate their status and perhaps give them a good cleaning.

Double-check and review your insurance policies

For many homeowners, your insurance policies are something that you’re glad you have, rarely need, but are devastated about when you don’t have them if inclement weather strikes. Some insurance policies do not cover residential roofing, so it’s good to always make sure that you’re up-to-date with your policies to avoid too many unpleasant surprises after the storm has passed. If the worst happens, having an insurance policy that will cover a complete, new construction of your home is the safest bet.

Want to see what to expect for this year’s hurricane season? Check out NOAA’s forecast here.

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Homeowners May Be Surprised By the Superior Wind and Water Resistance of Metal

When it comes to the roof over your head, you’ve got lots of options. But if wind and rain are big concerns (hello hurricane season!), metal roofing is an option you should strongly consider. Modern standing seam metal roofs are aesthetically attractive and ultra-functional for coastal areas. And due to the way metal roofing panels are constructed and installed, metal roofs are highly resistant to wind damage.

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Standing seam metal roofing panels run continuously from eave to ridge.

Get Prepared for The Big One

Hurricanes threaten coastal homes every year.

Here in the Panhandle, we know how devastating a hurricane can be. When hurricane season rolls around every year, we all live with the anxiety of wondering, “will the big one hit this year?” But enjoying the salt life doesn’t have to mean extra stress and worry. Thinking carefully about the materials and installation methods you use on your home, plus hiring a knowledgeable and experienced contractor, can save help you save big in the long run, and offer peace of mind during storm season.

Metal Roofs Offer Advantages

Increasingly, many homeowners are turning to metal roofing systems to address concerns about wind and water damage. The Metal Roofing Alliance offers insight into the trend on their website:

Experts say that’s a smart move, given the strong performance of metal roofs during severe storms. Many metal roofing systems can withstand winds in excess of 140-mph (equal to a F2 tornado) and provide protection against impact damage from large hailstones and debris. Metal roofs also are nearly impenetrable to moisture and leaks, making them a durable choice in areas that suffer heavy rainfall and downpours.

“Metal Roofing Helps Homeowners Get Battle-Ready For 2018 Hurricane Season.” Metal Roofing Alliance.

Continuous Pieces Offer Structural Integrity

Unlike other forms of roofing (shingles, tile, or shake), vertical seam metal roofs are installed with a continuous piece that protects the structure. Because it extends from the lowest part of the roof (eave) to the highest (ridge), the continuous panel minimizes the possibility for wind and precipitation penetration. This makes a properly installed metal roof the closest thing to “hurricane proof” in the business.

Lessons From Hurricane Michael

In recent hurricane seasons, we’ve seen the extreme wind resistance of a metal roof in action throughout Florida. Time and again we see areas that have been hit hard, and although many of the shingle and tile roofs are damaged or completely destroyed, the wind resistant metal roofs are standing strong. The New York Times even documented this phenomenon after Hurricane Michael hit Mexico Beach in 2018. Though the town suffered incredible damages in that storm, one house–nicknamed “The Sand Palace”–stood relatively unscathed amid the debris. It had been constructed with the best materials and methods for hurricane resistance, and from it’s concrete walls to it’s standing seam metal roof, “The Sand Palace” had survived the big one.

New Building Codes in Some Areas Mandate Stronger Materials

Governments agencies, from FEMA on down to the local level , are recognizing the benefits of hurricane-resistant roofing options like metal. In the aftermath of recent storms, many counties across Florida are enacting tougher building codes. Here at Coastal Roofing Pros, we’re experts in dealing with these types of issues, and we can offer roofing solutions that meet the strictest building codes.

Steep pitch metal roofs on beach cottages
Steeply pitched metal roofs adorn these beach cottages.

Coastal Roofing Pros Has the Expertise You Need

For more information about metal roofing, including options for materials and installation, check out our Metal Roofing Guide. If you’re ready for a new roof, we’d love to come out and give you a free estimate. Our expert contractors can talk you through the choices and help you choose the best roof for your home and your budget.  Give us a call today to book an appointment!