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Posted by McElroy Metal ● Aug 31, 2019 7:29 AM

The Pursuit of a Hurricane-Proof Roof Begins with Metal

We find ourselves in the midst of another hurricane season while many are still rebuilding and repairing the damage left behind by Hurricanes Michael and Maria. Current models indicate that Dorian could make landfall this week as a category 4 storm. Many consumers are concerned with the ways homes are being built and repaired in storm-prone areas. With sensational stories like this one from the New York Times about a remarkable home in Mexico Beach, FL that escaped Hurricane Michael almost undamaged catching people's eye, it’s not surprising that many homeowners are considering the benefits of a metal roof.

What You Should Know About Metal Roofs


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Although no roof is truly a hurricane-proof roof, metal does offer some distinct advantages to those in storm-prone areas. When properly installed a metal roofing system is often capable of withstanding high wind speeds in excess of what is normally experienced in hurricane-prone regions. A metal roof also shouldn’t lift off from the house or leak, unless it experiences direct physical damage, of course.

There are a lot of factors that impact how a roof will perform in a storm (notably, the height of the building, shape, roof pitch, width of the building, and topography) but things like using more clips and fasteners during installation or a heavier gauge substrate, can all help a metal roofing system to be more resistant to higher wind speeds.

If you’d like to learn more about how metal roofs perform in storm-prone areas, check out this article.

Who You Work with Matters

It’s not just about the materials you choose though. Often who you choose to install or build is just as important as the materials they are using. Even the best roof installed improperly will fail to perform as expected. In fact, the MRA (Metal Roofing Alliance) has issued a warning in the wake of the recent hurricanes warning consumers to beware of inferior construction materials and unscrupulous contractors.  

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Renee Ramey, MRA Executive Director, tells consumers to, “Beware of inferior material from unknown sources that some unscrupulous installers try to pass off at a discount… A good quality metal roof is made to stand the test of time and designed to offer outstanding protection. It should have verifiable warranties, superior coatings, proper gauge and thickness for residential use and be sourced from reputable manufacturers. Contractors also should warranty their work and be able to prove their experience and knowledge.”

In their warning to consumers, the MRA suggests some questions consumers should ask before starting a new metal roofing project that includes things like:

Where is the roof manufactured?

What warranties are available?

Are your contractors’ members of well-known trade organizations?

These questions and the others they suggest are meant to help guide consumers toward reputable, safe contractors and materials. You can find the full MRA warning and guidelines here.

Learn More About Metal Roofs

The best way to maximize your metal roof's durability and longevity is to work with an engineer or qualified distributor/contractor of metal roofing systems. Be sure to check out our Residential Metal Roofs FAQ. You can locate one of our Distributors or Contractors here.

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About McElroy Metal

Since 1963, McElroy Metal has served the construction industry with quality products and excellent customer service. The family-owned components manufacturer is headquartered in Bossier City, La., and has 13 manufacturing facilities across the United States. Quality, service and performance have been the cornerstone of McElroy Metal’s business philosophy and have contributed to the success of the company through the years. As a preferred service provider, these values will continue to be at the forefront of McElroy Metal’s model along with a strong focus on the customer.

Topics: Metal Roofing, Residential

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