Best Roof for Hurricane-Prone Area
LESLIE: 2004 proved to be a horrific year for the citizens of Florida with hurricane after hurricane and Michelle in Pensacola is looking for a roof that will withstand these winds.
Michelle, tell us about your roof.
MICHELLE: Well, we’ve been in this house for about ten years and we didn’t really – and actually it’s probably been closer to 15 years now – we didn’t sustain very much roof damage but we did sustain a little bit. And we’re looking at replacing our roof and I’m just trying to decide what’s the best alternative in a hurricane-prone area.
LESLIE: Well, what you need is a high-wind-resistant shingle and, basically, Owens Corning makes one that we know of that will withstand 60 mile-an-hour winds. But I’m seeing that your Home Depot on Davis Highway in Pensacola, they have fiberglass asphalt shingles by Timberline which will withstand winds of 80 miles per hour and they are rustic and they have a wood shake appearance, so they’ll look just like a wood shingle but they’ll give you the durability that you’ll need in the weather that you guys are so prone to.
MICHELLE: Now you said that was a fiberglass shingle from Owens Corning?
LESLIE: It’s a fiberglass asphalt shingle. Your store carries a Timberline shingle which has the rustic wood shake appearance which is what you’re looking for so it doesn’t look so not natural but it will withstand winds up to 80 miles an hour which is what you guys get more often than you like.
MICHELLE: That’s correct.
TOM: You know, the standard roof this year down at Pensacola, Florida has been the very beautiful blue tarp.
MICHELLE: Oh, yes. (all chuckle) They’re slowly but surely disappearing.
TOM: Well, thank goodness for that. Yeah, the roofing shingles are actually available in that level of durability. So if you buy a high-wind shingle, it’s going to stand up. The asphalt – the glue in the shingles is actually a little bit different; the adhesive is different. So the shingle tabs are actually glued together, stiffer, tighter and tighter so that they won’t pull off.
MICHELLE: Oh. Is this like a bigger shingle grouping?
TOM: No, it looks just like a regular asphalt shingle. What’s nice about the Timberline shingle is it actually appears to be sort of a wood shake roof sort of a look. And they have other patterns as well. But the key is to get one that has the wind resistance and 80 miles an hour is going to – it ought to protect you from just about everything that those hurricanes in the gulf can throw at you.
MICHELLE: Right. Well, thank you very much.
TOM: You’re very welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.