How to Deal with Roof and Siding Damage from Hurricanes in 2021

We are fast approaching the hurricane season the US. As you know, storms and hurricanes can impact homes situated along the Gulf coast, as well as the tip and east cost of Florida, coastal Georgia, South and North Carolinas, and other places along the east coast.

In fact, major hurricanes can result in widespread devastation and leave billions of dollars in damage to homes’ exteriors including roofs and siding in the hurricane prone areas like Florida, Louisiana, Texas, and other coastal states.

For example, hurricanes Harvey and Irma left an estimated $150 billion in damages behind in Houston, and throughout the state of Texas, Florida, Georgia, and elsewhere.

If you’re one of hundreds of thousands of property owners dealing with the aftermath of hurricane damage to your home’s roof, siding, and windows, then this guide will provide answers to some of the most pressing questions and concerns.

Roof damage hurricane Harvey

Beware of Home Improvement Construction and Insurance Scams

A word of warning is in order at the start. When hurricanes produce widespread damage, scammers known as storm chasers flock to the devastated areas. Many of the scams are construction scams and insurance scams. Take these precautions against scams:

  • Don’t give anyone cash upfront for them to buy materials to secure or repair your home
  • Don’t buy insurance from anyone claiming to have a policy to sell you that will cover damage already done to your home
  • Don’t allow anyone into your home unless they have proper identification (not just a FEMA shirt or shirt with an insurance company name on it) and a clear reason to be there – and even then, you’re not obligated to let anyone into your home

There are charity, food stamp, and voucher scams, flood insurance scams, and many others. If you suspect fraud or attempted fraud, call the Department of Justice’s National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) at 866.720.5721 or send an email to disaster@leo.gov. All contacts are kept confidential.

Immediate Steps to Take After Hurricane Damage

Wind and water are devastating forces of nature when unleashed during storms like hurricane Harvey and hurricane Irma in the US mainland and hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

From a practical standpoint, here are steps to take in the immediate aftermath of hurricane:

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How Hurricanes and Wildfires Drive Demand for Metal Roofing and Why?

Demand for metal roofing is rising because there is compelling evidence it offers better protection from hurricane winds, hailstorms, and airborne embers from wildfires landing on the roofs of homes and commercial buildings.

A standing seam metal roof on the house

That theory has been tested in 2017 as the hurricane season has been among the worst in recorded history and wildfires in the West destroyed more than 8,400 structures in California alone and damaged countless more.

Related: How to Deal with Roof and Home Damage from Hurricanes like Irma and Harvey

About the forest fire season, Chris Wilcox of the National Interagency Fire Center said, “This one has been a longer season. It really hasn’t stopped since the fall of 2016”.

Eagle Creek wildfire burns as golfers play at the Beacon Rock Golf Course in North Bonneville, Washington. REUTERS/Kristi McCluer

Let’s review the advantages of metal roofing using fire and wind data that supports the rise in demand.

Metal Roofing vs. Fire Flames

Max A. Moritz, fire ecologist at UC Berkeley, when discussing fire prevention says, “The most effective thing to consider is the roof.” Metal roofing has a Class A fire rating, the highest available. Roofing given this rating must withstand flames up to four hours and resist tests using 15 cycles of gas flame turned on and off.

While other materials including fiberglass mat composite asphalt shingles have a Class A rating, nobody in the industry suggests asphalt roofing materials offer the same level of protection against fire driven by wind.

The FEMA paper states, “Some roofing materials, including asphalt shingles… are often less resistant to fires than others.

When wildfires spread to homes or businesses, it is often because burning branches, leaves, and other debris buoyed by the heated air and carried by the wind fall on roofs.

If the roof of your property is covered with wood or asphalt shingles, you should consider replacing them with fire-resistant materials such as standing-seam metal roofing.”

When finished with PVDF-applied Kynar coating, standing-seam metal roofing meets the American Society for Testing and Materials ASTM-84 building materials test Zero Flame Spread Index and Zero Smoke Developed Index, tests most other roofing materials cannot meet.

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