One thing you may be concerned about when you get a roof replacement is the durability of the roofing material. If your roof is being replaced due to storm damage, you may want a more durable roof next time so you don't have to go through another roof replacement any time soon. It's important to keep in mind that a storm that's bad enough can take out a brand-new durable roof too, but if you're looking for the best protection against typical storms in your area, then consider these choices.
Metal panel roofing is worth a close look when you plan your roof replacement. This roofing is made into long and wide panels, so they have more contact points with the roof than small shingles and the panels lock together. Metal roofing resists wind damage better than most other types of roofing. It has high ratings for both sustained winds and gusts. It also has a unique appearance that you may or may not like.
If you like a solid color white, light, or dark roof, you might enjoy metal roofing. If wind resistance is your main consideration, then metal is a good choice. Metal can also resist cracking from impacts and hail, but this depends on the thickness of the metal you choose. The panels can have a high impact rating with thicker metal, but it's still possible for metal panels to be dented.
Clay Tile Roofing
Clay tiles are another option to consider for storm resistance. They withstand high winds better than asphalt shingles, but not as good as metal panels. They also resist hail damage, but large hail might crack or chip a clay tile. The tiles are heavy, so they're less likely to be blown off than asphalt shingles. However, if a gust tears off clay tiles, the airborne tiles can be hazardous and break out a window or cause other damage. Even though they don't resist winds as strong as the winds metal panels resist, you may prefer the look of clay tiles over metal since clay tiles have a luxury appearance and metal roofing may seem more casual or industrial to you.
If you like the appearance of an asphalt shingle roof the best, then look into different types of shingles. Basic three-tab shingles don't hold up well in high winds or hail, but there are other options in shingles. You can buy luxury shingles that are thicker and more durable. These have higher wind and hail ratings.
Fiberglass shingles, synthetic shingles, and composite shingles are some other types of shingle roofing you'll hear mentioned as being suitable for hurricane-prone areas. Talk to your roofer before you have your roof replacement done and ask about the best type of shingles to buy when you want something that has the best chance of surviving a bad storm.
Reach out to a company like Thomas Roofing & Supply Inc to learn more.