Can You Tornado-Proof A Roof?

On December 10, 2021 a tornado moved across various towns in Western Kentucky, causing catastrophic damage and resulting in numerous deaths. While tornadoes may not be as common in the Florida Panhandle as other parts of the United States, or even Florida, it is still something to consider when it comes to placing a roof on your home. Today, Timberman Roofing is discussing different ways to improve your roof when it comes to dealing with tornadoes. Have questions about our Florida Panhandle roofing services? Interested in scheduling an inspection? Reach out today to get started.

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Preventing Roof Damage from Tornadoes

When it comes to reducing damage caused by a tornado, hurricane or other high wind system there are quite a few things that can be done. These include:

  1. Reinforcing the decking to your roof (also known as roof sheathing). If this is not structurally sound no materials or upgrades will matter much. Stability is required from the start.

  2. Adding additional slopes to the roof of your home, business or other structure can improve aerodynamics and reduce the pressure exerted on the roof during high wind situations. Multiple slopes instead of the standard two slopes have been proven to be more effective.

  3. Connecting the roof to the walls of the structure can greatly reduce the risk of the roof being removed during a tornado, hurricane or bad storm. A vacuum-like suction is created during a tornado which can create an upward pressure against the roof, increasing the risk of it being completely removed.

  4. Installing a heavy-duty metal roof in an interlocking pattern can greatly reduce the risk of your roof being removed during a tornado as well. There are many different options available, including different styles, finishes and colors.

Contact Our Florida Panhandle Roofing Company Today

Want to make sure your roof is in the best shape possible for withstanding a tornado, hurricane or other bad storm? Timberman Roofing in Valparaiso would be happy to provide an inspection and let you know if anything should be done to improve the roof on your home, business or other structure.