Twin Cities Tornado Warnings? Rest a Little Easier with a Metal Roof
With tornado warnings being issued last night (June 28, 2020) for the south metro as well as Piece and St. Croix counties in western Wisconsin (Hudson and River Falls area), we wanted to address the issue of the difference having the right roof could make for your home in the event a catastrophe strikes. Obviously no roofing material can prevent a tornado from affecting your home, but a metal roof could make a substantial difference in the amount of damage you suffer.
When you think about photos or videos you have seen of tornado damage, one of the most prominent effects is that these storms can rip roofs right off homes and other structures. And with the protective covering gone, even more damage – to property and people – occurs. So it just makes sense to have the strongest, most wind resistant roof you can on your home. It’s your first line of defense against most severe storms.
If you know anything about the benefits of residential metal roofing, you’re probably aware that it has an incredibly long life. Many companies offer warranties of 50 years or longer, more than double what you can expect from asphalt roofing. In addition, metal roofing resists fire, so lightning strikes aren’t an issue. But did you also know that metal roofing has a wind lift rating in excess of most tornado force winds we experience here in Minnesota? Depending on the manufacturer, these roofs are rated to resist wind lift around 140 mph, some up to 180 mph. Our state averages about 27 tornadoes per year, and the record wind speed was 121 mph, far less than the metal roofing rating.
What does that mean for you as a homeowner? It means that when those sirens start to sound and the winds pick up speed, your metal roof is far more likely to withstands its force than an asphalt roof would. And keeping that roof in place is the key to preventing further damage to your home and those who live inside.
As a Minnesota licensed roofing company offering storm damage repair as well as roof installation, we’re far more interested in helping people avoid needing our services after a storm. That’s why we highly recommend steel or other metal roofing for homes in our area. It’s one of the best things you can do to rest a little easier when those winds start to blow. Why not contact us today for a free evaluation of your current roof and a quote on having it replaced with a storm-resistant metal roof?