Prevent Roof Leaks from Hurricanes
LESLIE: Phyllis in Florida, welcome to The Money Pit. What can we do for you?
PHYLLIS: Hello. You know, I live in Florida and we have hurricanes down here and a fellow told us about a foam – it’s called Florida Foam Seal. In case your roof flies off, you can seal your attic and all that and it will not – the water will not come in your house. Have you ever heard of this?
TOM: Never heard of it.
PHYLLIS: It’s made in Fort Myers, Florida.
PHYLLIS: OK, so that’s the end of this story then. (Tom and Leslie chuckle) You have any other suggestions?
TOM: Not familiar with it but you know, I’ve got to tell you there’s very few products that can replace what a roof does for you. And so, if you’re worried about keeping your roof on the house I would make sure that I would use a high wind-resistant shingle because there are shingles that are designed – well, there are shingles that are designed to stand up to 130 mile-per-hour winds.
PHYLLIS: What do you think about Galvalume roofing? It’s supposed to be a lifetime thing. It’s made out of tin; you know, galvanized (inaudible at 0:28:20.2).
TOM: Well, metal roofs are making a big comeback right now and they are very, very durable and they’re great for storm climates.
PHYLLIS: Yeah? Well, so we don’t have to worry about this then. You never heard of this.
TOM: This foam? No, I’m sorry; we’ve never heard of it.
PHYLLIS: And how would you seal your attic in case you got leaks in the roof? Just in case?
TOM: Well, there’s a couple of things. First of all, when you build a roof, use a variety of materials that can stand up even if shingles fall off. For example, Grace has a product. What’s it called? Vycor Plus, if I remember right?
LESLIE: Mm-hmm. It’s the Vycor Plus which is used as an underlayment to your roofing surface; whatever that shingle …
PHYLLIS: What’s it called? Vycor Plus?
TOM: Vycor Plus. And then you put the shingles on top of that and that will stop the water from coming through if the shingles come off.
PHYLLIS: Alright, thank you.
TOM: You’re welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.