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What Does It Mean to Have a Storm Proof Roof?

Storm proof means that, at Collis Roofing, we are going to give you the best roof replacement possible to help you weather the storm with our superior workmanship and materials we use. How storm proof you want to be is up to you.

Below is a chart of Wind Ratings in Florida and what roofs may withstand the storm. This ability to withstand a storm is 100% equally dependent on both the materials installed and the workmanship behind the installation.

Wind Ratings and Roof Types Shingle Flat Architectural and Metal Roofs Collis Roofing Florida

Storm Proof Roof

How Can You Be Storm Proof With Your Roof?

At Collis Roofing, this means we are going to give you the best roof replacement possible to help you weather the storm with our superior workmanship and materials we use. How storm proof you want to be is up to you.

The Most Storm Proof Roof is a Metal Roof, but Only When Installed Properly to the Deck with the Proper Materials.

If you want to invest in a metal roof, but opt to go with a cheaper roofer, in almost every case they will probably just nail the metal to your shingles and may not even use metal roofing that can withstand the salt from the coastal water. At Collis, we remove your old roof and install salt resistant metal roofing direct to your deck.

Metal roofs can last 50 years when installed properly, including direct to deck instead of over an existing roof, and given proper roof maintenance. They can withstand 140-160 mph winds and hail.

While more expensive than a shingle roof, this is the ideal choice for someone who wants a one and done option, versus seeing a roofer every 10-20 years with a shingle roof. Please Note, the 10 years does not mean your shingle roof will need to be replaced because it is failing, but because your insurance may require you to maintain a shingle roof that is less than 10 years old.

Tile Roofs Can Be Your Next Most Storm Proof Roof

If you aren't ready to invest in a metal roof, a tile roof should be your next option to consider. Tile roofs can withstand most all Florida hail because we get small hail, or will have minor repairs. It is very rare for us to get 2 inch hail or anything over 2 inches. They can last 20-30 years when also installed properly from the training I have been in, and possibly longer.

According to the Boral USA tile manufacturer website, a tile repair are "most commonly when a branch crashes down during a storm. Sometimes when someone isn't watching how they are walking and step down too roughly on the tile." This walking is usually due to roof cleaners who aren't roofers - just guys with a pressure washer, pool chemicals and a truck.

The wind speeds a tile roof can withstand when properly installed with quality materials are 140mph, but cheap roofing companies may skip the extra fasteners meaning it can only withstand 80 mph. It is critical to homeowners to understand how to avoid a roof is being installed in detail with such an important investment as your roof as this can mean worlds of difference in a Florida storm.

The only other common reason these roofs fail though have nothing to do with storms, but actually with a poor underlayment. Tile roofs require a better underlayment to protect against UV exposure and heat. A new tile roof that should have last 20-30 years may have to be replaced in 7-13 years (ouch!) because the contractor cut corners or installed the wrong type out of ignorance leading to costly repairs and a leaky roof. Since the underlayment can’t be replaced without a removing all of the tile which will be damaged and broken in the process, the roof will need to be fully replaced.


Most Budget Friendly

The Architectural Shingle Roof

For those who choose not to invest in the longest lasting roofs, we offer and install architectural shingles. Architectural shingles have a 110mp wind rating if they use 4 nails, but at Collis Roofing, our crews use 6 nails giving it a 130mph wind rating.

Never, Ever Settle for 3 Tab Shingle Roofs. No 3 tab shingle is Miami Dade rated (meant to withstand a hurricane).

With our affordable and budget friendly financing, you don’t have to settle. You can get an architectural shingle roof designed to withstand far more than a 3 tab roof. These attractive roofs, when installed correctly, don’t have excessive UV exposure and properly maintained (removing tree branches for example that brush away the roof granules for example) can last 15-20 years.

However, due to changes in Florida from excessive litigation on fake claims from contractors selling “free roofs”, many insurance companies are requiring homeowners to maintain a shingle roof that is less than 10 years old.

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