After a rough winter with record-breaking low temperatures and snowfall amounts, homeowners across the Midwest are preparing for a potentially devastating 2014 Tornado Season.
In 2013 many homeowners --- especially those in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska --- became storm-weary as 943 tornados were reported throughout the United States. Some of those residents, like Julie McSweeney of Omaha, Neb., were fortunate to escape the loss of their homes, but ended up having to replace their roofs as a result of severe hail damage.
"After terrible hail storms devastated hundreds of homes in our area last year we began seeing many impact-resistant DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofs installed," says McSweeney. "We wanted a worry-free, beautiful, best-in-class roof that could withstand future storms and we got it with our new Bellaforté Slate roof."
One Omaha roofing company spending 16 hours a day, 7 days a week reroofing homes in the Omaha area last year was Weatherguard, Inc. Due to roof hail damage that left craters in roofs the size of tennis balls, the company installed more than 100 DaVinci synthetic slate and shake roofs in 2013 after storms careened through the city.
"Storm damage was so severe in 2013 that it stripped some roofs of their tiles and broke shingles right off other roofs," says Trent Lovewell, vice president of operations for Weatherguard, Inc. "Our sixty employees were constantly busy installing the Bellaforté slate and shake polymer tiles to replace damaged roofs. This is our preferred composite roofing product because it's impact-resistant, has a strong warranty and offers a great cost value to the homeowner."
The family-owned business recommends homeowners across the country evaluate their roofs before the start of the next wicked weather season this spring. "Look for blown shingles or leaks, granules coming off or curling," says Lovewell. "These are signs your current roof is in trouble. If you find these indicators, make sure to contact a qualified roofer now to help protect your home and family from bad weather conditions associated with tornados.
"We've been installing the DaVinci sustainable roofing products for 10 years and find that they really perform exceptionally well in this geographic area. The bonus is that they add beauty to the home while being backed by a 50-year warranty."