While tornadoes aren’t a frequent occurrence in the Lynchburg area, they are not uncommon. And when they hit, they can hit hard. In the wake of hurricane Laura and the resulting tornadoes and windstorms that ravaged the United States, the question of how to protect a roof in the midst of heavy storms is at the forefront of many homeowners’ minds. Here are the top tips for tornado safety from Cenvar Roofing:
Choose your roofing materials strategically
If you are building a new house or replacing the roof on an older house, and live in an area with frequent tornadoes, consider the roofing material you are installing. Standing seam metal roofs typically withstand wind and hail storms the best.
Choose multiple roof slopes
While two-slope gable roofs are common, they are not the most wind-resistant choice for a roof, and may not hold up as well in the event of a tornado. High wind forces can cause roofs to lift from your home. However, new research from the New Jersey Institute of Technology indicates that roofs with four or more panels tend to perform best when exposed to high winds.
Connect your roof to your walls
Tornado resistant roofs typically have one thing in common – they are connected to the walls of the house.. Ensuring that the roof to wall connection is strong is important, particularly when building the home, or installing a new roof. When your roof is securely attached to your home walls, the weight of your home’s walls and foundation will help keep the roof in place as it is subjected to high winds.
If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to have your roof inspected, visit our website and schedule a free estimate! Our convenient location off of Timberlake road in Lynchburg, VA allows us to serve the entire Lynchburg area with high quality service at competitive prices. We look forward to serving you!
Hannah Brown is the Content Manager at Cenvar Roofing, and the main author of our company blog. Her primary focus is to create and produce content for all mediums that explains the complexities of the roofing industry in simple, straightforward language. Hannah has degrees in Strategic Communication and English from Liberty University, and her work has been featured in multiple print and online publications.