If you live in a coastal area, the names Arthur, Bertha and Cristobal may make you shudder. That's because those are the designated names of the first three hurricanes in the 2014 Hurricane Season that starts on June 1.
This week (May 25 -31) is National Hurricane Preparedness Week and experts advise you to check on the condition of your roof now — before hurricane season starts.
"Your roof should be checked annually to make sure it's holding up well after previous storms and to make sure it's able to handle upcoming severe weather conditions," says Mark Clement, co-host of MyFixitUpLife home improvement radio show and a professional contractor. “Repeated exposure to strong weather can take a toll on the home. Always review and evaluate the effectiveness of the entire home ‘envelope’ each year at the beginning of the hurricane season.
“Start at the top of your home and evaluate the condition of your roof, then work down to your windows, entry doors and garage doors. These are the four most critical areas of the home during hurricane season because if any one of these areas is compromised, then wind and pressure can enter the home with devastating results.”
The experts at DaVinci Roofscapes recommend checking to determine if there are missing shingles, curling or splitting shingles, lifting shingles or loss of granules on your roof. Both straight line winds and pressurized winds can cause different damage — from uplifting the shingles off the roof to pushing intense wind-driven rain and flying debris onto the roof.
“Weather conditions have changed so much in recent years,” says Clement. “My recommendation is to always select an impact-resistant composite roof for the home. Even though we live inland in Pennsylvania, we put a DaVinci Roofscapes polymer slate roof on our house.
“This environmentally friendly roof has achieved Class 4 ratings for impact resistance along with the Miami Dade County Acceptance (High Velocity Hurricane Winds) and the Texas Department of Insurance, showing that the roofing tiles can withstand hurricane-force winds.
"In addition, DaVinci synthetic shake and imitation slate roofing tiles are rated Class A for fire retardance and have achieved the highest rating for straight line wind testing at 110 mph. The manufactured slate roof also has a limited 50-year warranty for added peace-of-mind.”
See DaVinci Featured on "Weather Proof" on The Weather Channel for more details on how DaVinci synthetic roofing material stands up to severe weather.