Four hurricanes. Seventy percent chance of a named storm making landfall along the west coast of Florida. Sixty percent chance that Texas will be impacted by a hurricane. These are just some of the dire predictions by the Weather Research Center for the 2016 Hurricane Season.
"The west coast of Florida, and Texas coastal areas, have the highest risk of being impacted this year," says Jill Hasling, CCM and president of the Weather Research Center. "We're predicting seven to 10 named tropical cyclones forming in the Atlantic this hurricane season, with four of these intensifying into hurricanes.
"Given this forecast, now is the time for homeowners and business owners to evaluate the condition of their properties and take the necessary steps to prepare for severe weather."
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has declared May 15 – 21, 2016 National Hurricane Preparedness Week. The organization recommends people in the potential path of severe weather take steps during this week to prepare for potential hurricane conditions by developing an evacuation plan, assembling disaster kits and strengthening home and business structures.
This means that the roof should be a primary consideration for anyone in a hurricane-prone area. Severe winds can uplift shingles off a roof, push intense wind-driven rain at a roof, or cause flying debris to strike a roof. The roof you have should be able to sustain both straight line and pressurized winds during a hurricane.
The smart decision is to select composite roofing that meets Class 4 ratings for impact resistance along with the Miami Dade County Acceptance (High Velocity Hurricane Winds) and the Texas Department of Insurance. Synthetic roofing material, like those from DaVinci Roofscapes, meet these criteria and can withstand strong hurricane-force winds.
In addition, DaVinci synthetic shake and composite slate roofing tiles are Class A Fire Rated for fire retardance and have achieved the highest rating for straight line wind testing at 110 mph. The polymer roofing material also has a lifetime limited warranty for added peace-of-mind.
Before the onset of Hurricane Season 2016, take time to evaluate the structures where you live and work. Make upgrades and changes now that can prepare you to weather upcoming storms. For more Hurricane Preparedness Week tips, click HERE.