High winds due to thunderstorms, tornadoes and other wind events are not just a coastal issue and cause millions – and often billions – of dollars in property damage each year. Roofs are frequently damaged in high winds. In fact, roof cover damage is present in 85 percent to 95 percent of wind-related insured property losses each year. Building science research has identified many affordable ways to strengthen roofs against wind damage. Among the most important factors are how well the roof is connected and the age and type of the roof covering.
Simple ways to incorporate disaster resistance into home improvement, repairs or rebuilding projects.
Reduce your risks using IBHS high wind resources.
Resources to help create stronger masonry structures based on the latest building science.
Use this checklist to identify the most common sources of roof damage.
Nine steps to a FORTIFIED shingle roof for hurricane-prone areas.
Proper maintenance will reduce costly repairs.
Guidance for addressing areas vulnerable to water damage.
Strong roof-to-wall connections are critical to achieving the best performance in high wind conditions, including hurricanes and tornadoes.
Take advantage of the opportunity to strengthen the decking when replacing the roof.