Roofing Flaws Exposed By Hurricane-Force Winds


High winds from hurricanes regularly expose roofing flaws like insufficient bracing or shingles installed without wind zone concern. Actually, hard data indicates that on average, every dollar spent on storm-related upgrades can spare a home and commercial building six dollars worth of storm-related costs.

Hurricane-Force Winds Expose Poor Installation & Design Points

These high winds often expose installation flaws like the use of staples as fasteners holding rafters to walls. Actually, this older practice is unsafe. It was even banned in Florida after Hurricane Andrew. Similarly, hurricanes show the failings of overhangs greater than 20 inches too. Plus, structures that never had gable-end bracing in gable roofs also see more damage.

Hurricane-force winds show design flaws like very steep pitches that are inappropriate for their wind zone. Actually a 30-degree slope has been identified as ideal for hurricanes. A 7/12 roof more aerodynamically handles hurricanes. If the slope is less than 30 degrees, it might not withstand wind driven rain. A greater slope contributes to  the “sail effect” and increases the likelihood of damage.

Hurricane-Force Winds Expose Product Quality

Florida building code is among the strictest regulations intending on preventing hurricane-force winds and hurricane damage as much as possible. Not all roofing products or systems make the state’s cut. Endureed does though.

Endureed products can help mitigate risks of hurricane damage. An article in Jupiter Magazine following Hurricane Matthew explained the innovative shingle options provided by Endureed.

“From the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, at Disney’s® Aulani Resort, to blissful over-water bungalows in Fiji and multiple residences, amusement parks and zoos in between, Endureed® continues to set the standard for those looking for a long-term, worry free solution, that maintains the attractive nature of a natural thatched roof.”

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