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ROOF CLAIMS:
HURRICANE DAMAGE

Even the most well-constructed roof can fall victim to the elements. Especially in areas with extreme weather. But, no matter what your damage is, we can help you get the money you need to get it fixed fast.

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Hurricanes are among the most destructive forces in all of nature. And it’s easy to see why. Not only are these tropical weather events large enough to affect entire states and sometimes regions, but they do so with a deadly combination of destructive forces. Such as:

Storm Surge

If you’ve ever gone to a beach when the surf is strong, you can probably understand why storm surge is so devastating to coastal areas hit by a hurricane. Driven by the roiling sea, storm surge can raise water levels by more than 40 feet. And while the flooding is damaging, it is the violent waves and currents within it that are the most destructive. Storm surge can level nearly any structure, and even wash away entire sections of land.

Tornadoes

Although the strong winds from a hurricane can be extremely destructive, much of the damage that comes from these storms is actually caused by the tornadoes they spawn. Even weaker hurricanes can spawn tornadoes, making it difficult to predict how a hurricane will impact an area when it hits.

Torrential Rain

Being tropical in nature, hurricanes are usually significant rain events. Typically, a hurricane will bring 6 to 12 inches of rain, with some bringing even more. Not only can they cause significant flooding, but coupled with strong winds, heavy rains can cause roofs to spring leaks.

Hurricane-Force Winds

Winds above 73 MPH are considered “hurricane force,” and hurricanes can contain winds that are several times stronger. The highest sustained wind speed ever measured was in Hurricane Patricia in 2015, at 200 MPH. But gusts can even surpass that speed. These extreme winds can tear away shingles and barrel tiles, or even rip entire roofs right off of a house. Trees or debris can be picked up and thrown against a roof with such force that even small branches and items can cause significant damage to a house or roof.

Lightning

Hurricanes are devastating enough with just wind and rain, but they also add a significant amount of lightning to the mix. Lightning during a hurricane is often many times more abundant than in a heavy thunderstorm. Many homes lose power during a hurricane due to lightning striking power transformers and causing outages. With so much lightning occurring, it is also more likely to strike homes or buildings and cause damage to roofs and other structures.

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Wind Speed
Damage Risks

Hurricanes gain strength over warm waters, and lose strength over land. While this makes them most threatening to coastal areas, it should be noted that strong storms sometimes pack enough power to carry hurricane conditions hundreds of miles inland.

All hurricanes are named. The World Meteorological Organization creates lists of storm names for both Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Names are ordered alphabetically, and assigned to weather systems as they reach tropical storm strength. This is done to ensure clear communications, as multiple storms may be active at a given time. Names are recycled on a six-year rotation, unless the named storm is so devastating that the WMO decides to retire it.

Throughout a hurricane’s brief lifespan (they can last up to 2 weeks) it will change in size and intensity. In order to characterize a storm’s current intensity – and therefore, its threat – hurricanes are assigned a category number from 1 to 5, with 5 being the most intense.

Hurricanes Category 3 and above are considered major storms

Winds 39-73 MPH. These are powerful weather systems that can bring substantial wind and rain to a region. They form a cyclonic shape, but are usually not very well organized.

Winds 74-95 MPH. Very dangerous wind will produce some damage to well-constructed homes, including roof, shingles, vinyl siding and gutters. Large branches will snap and some shallowly rooted trees will blow over. Damage to power lines may result in power outages.

Winds 96-110 MPH. Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage to well constructed homes. Some trees will be snapped off or uprooted, damaging homes and blocking roadways. Electricity and water will likely be unavailable for days after the storm passes.

Winds 111-129 MPH. Devastating damage will occur. Well-built homes may incur major damage or removal of roof decking and gable ends. Many trees will be snapped or uprooted, blocking roads. Electricity and power may be unavailable for days to weeks following the storm.

Winds 130-156 MPH. Catastrophic damage will occur. Well-built homes can sustain severe damage with loss of some of the roof structure and/or exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted, and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate some residential areas, causing outages that may last weeks or even months.

Winds 157 MPH or higher. Catastrophic damage will occur. A large percentage of homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Almost all trees will be snapped off or uprooted, and power infrastructure will be damaged to the point that systems will need to be completely rebuilt. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months after the storm.

It is important to understand that while hurricanes can be large enough to cover an entire state like Florida, the most destructive portion – described by the categories above – is closest to the center of the storm, or “eye.” The size of the eye varies from storm to storm. Hurricane eyes are typically 20-40 miles across, and are relatively still and calm. However, the eyewall, which surrounds the eye, is the most dangerous part of the storm, representing its full strength.

Hurricane season in the US lasts from May to November, however hurricanes can occur at any time. Some hurricane seasons are more active than others. For example, there were 8 named storms in 2014, which is considered below average. 2020, on the other hand, produced a record 30 named storms. This exhausted the list of alphabetic names, causing the last 9 storms of that season to be named after letters of the Greek alphabet.

Florida is, by far, the most hurricane prone state. More than 100 hurricanes have impacted Florida since records have been kept, which is more than twice as many as any other state. Because of the increased threat of hurricanes, Florida has stricter building codes, and homeowners insurance policies in the state are more exacting and specific.

Because hurricanes affect a large area, there is usually a glut of insurance claims filed in the aftermath of a damaging storm. This can delay settlement and repairs for months, or even years. Do not delay! Call Roofleak.com as soon as possible after your roof is damaged by a storm.

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Preparation

Outside of stocking up on food and boarding up windows, there is little that can be done to prepare for a hurricane. While it is recommended that windows be boarded or shuttered, doing so will not prevent major storms from damaging your home.

Therefore it is recommended that people evacuate areas where hurricanes are forecast to strike. For coastal areas and mobile homes, evacuation orders are usually mandatory.

If you decide to remain in your home during a hurricane, you should be prepared to lose power and water. Therefore, you should stockpile enough bottled water, non-perishable food, and batteries to last your family for at least a week.

“There is little you can do to stop a tornado, a hurricane, or a cancer diagnosis from changing your life in an instant.”

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Roof Damage:
The Usual Suspects

Your Roof Has A Hard Job. It Must Constantly Protect You And Your Belongings From Some Of Nature’s Most Savage And Unforgiving Forces.

Wind

Fire

Lightning

Hurricane

Tornado

Storm

Mold

Water

Hail

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The longer you wait, the greater the cost to repair will be.​