Choosing A Good Roof In A Hurricane Zone

Posted on: 8 December 2022


If you live in a hurricane zone, or even in a place that receives tropical storms from time to time, you need to make sure your roof is up to the task. In regions such as these, building codes usually require that roofs meet certain standards as far as strength and design go. But simply meeting the building code requirements is the bare minimum. You can and should pay close attention to the type of roof you're getting to make sure it offers excellent wind and water resistance. Here are some key things to consider and pay attention to as you work with your roofer to choose and design a roof.

Material Choice 

There are wind-resistant shingles that are approved for use in hurricane areas. However, shingles are not generally considered the best choice in such regions. Metal and tile both offer better wind resistance. If you're considering metal, one of the best choices is a standing seam metal roof. These roofs are constructed with large panels that are hard for the wind to catch. Tile is also very wind-resistant, thanks to its weight. However, it does have a distinct look that not everyone is into. 

Roof Shape

Changing the shape of a roof that has already been constructed is a lot of work, but sometimes it is worth it. If your roof has not fared well in previous storms, it could be because of the shape. The best roof shape for hurricane areas is generally said to be a "hip" roof. This is a style of roof in which all sides of the roof slope upward. (There are no vertical sides.) A gable roof can also work well. Your roofer can look at your home and tell you which roof shape best suits its design while also being very wind-resistant. 

Vent Type

It's important to make sure any vents in your roof are also designed with hurricane-forced winds and rain in mind. Wind can push rain up and through most standard vents. What you really want is a vent with a baffle on the bottom. The baffle redirects any water up and away from the vent opening, rather than allowing water to flow through it.

Hopefully you now have a better understanding of how to have a good roof designed in a hurricane zone. Talk to your roofer for more advice. They can tell you what has worked well for other homeowners in your area.