Roofs

The roof is every home and businesses first line of defense against Mother Nature; it is the most important component of every building and also the most vulnerable. Ensuring your roof is strong and well-maintained is critical to reducing the risk of damage during severe weather events. Learn how you can protect your roof using the following resources:

The roof is your home’s first line of defense against severe weather events. Watch the animation to learn how to strengthen your roof to prevent damage.

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When it’s time to replace your roof, due to weather-related damage or simply age, follow the advice in this guide to improve the long-term performance of your new roof during hurricanes. Proper installation directly impacts a roof’s long-term performance.

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Securement of the edge flashing is critical to keeping the roof cover intact during high winds. Loose flashing will allow wind and rain to get underneath the roof cover where wind action will add to uplift pressure on the roof system.

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Gutter and roof drainage systems are an important part of all roof systems, but they are often overlooked when it comes to proper maintenance and care. In fact, they may be considered the “unsung heroes” of roof systems because of their key role in effectively removing water and debris from the roof. This article will help business owners understand the importance of good gutter and roof drain maintenance, and the steps they can take to avoid preventable damage related to rain, snow, wind, and wildfire.

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Shingles are the most popular style of roof covering. Whatever roof covering you use the condition and attachment of the materials are critical to roof performance.

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Roof repair and replacement can be a very expensive and daunting proposition. Hiring a roof contractor is like finding a good auto mechanic—identifying someone you trust to perform an important service you know little about and for which you cannot see the work or evaluate its quality.

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It’s important to understand your risk of roof collapse due to the weight of snow on the roof. How much weight can a roof support? How can I prevent snow roof collapse? Should I use a snow roof rake or call a professional for roof snow removal? Get these answers and more to help prevent a roof collapse.

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Reduce the risk of fire damage to your home by assessing your roofing material and then take steps to improve the fire resistance of your roof. To help prevent fire damage to your roof, you should first assess your roofing material to determine your risk. If necessary, consider replacing your roof using fire resistant roofing material. If your roof has reached the end of its service life, it should be replaced. IBHS recommends hiring a professional roofing contractor to replace or repair your roof covering.

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IBHS has initiated a long-term aging program to study performance of aged roofing materials when subjected to high wind or impact tests. Several IBHS closed claims studies have shown that older buildings have higher claim frequencies in a variety of natural disasters. In some cases, this may be due to changes in building codes requiring stronger construction for new buildings.

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