Upgrading your roof? Consider these hurricane-resistant tips

October 7, 2016

A  hurricane can be seriously damaging if your home isn’t prepared. Why take any chances?

PACE financing covers a variety of measures for strengthening your roof or replacing it. And remember that a roof replacement is often the most cost-effective time to make some water and wind-resistant upgrades, since many upgrades can be added underneath the shingles, on top of the roof deck, or on the roof itself during the replacement process. Making wind-resistant upgrades to your roof can even get you a discounted insurance premium! For some homeowners, 15-70% of your home insurance could be going toward wind-related damage risks. If you’re re-roofing your home, protect it against harsh hurricane conditions with the following upgrades, financed with RenewPACE.

Why replace your roof?

There are a number of reasons why Florida homeowners choose to upgrade their roofs. First and foremost, a roof replacement can improve the safety of your home, protecting it from water damage and structural compromise. A new roof can also improve the home’s energy efficiency, property value, utility bills for HVAC systems, and curb appeal.

Signs it’s time to replace your roof

Roof age is a primary indicator of when it’s time for a replacement. Most roofs are designed to last 20 to 25 years. If your roof is damaged, its performance may be compromised and it may need to be replaced. Look for warning signs like missing shingles, shingles that are distorted or curling, or shingle debris that’s coming off your roof.

Wind-resistant shingles

Designed for high wind conditions, wind-resistant shingles are a great upgrade for homeowners who are re-roofing. These shingles are made of asphalt and have more glue on them than conventional shingles. Upgrading to wind-resistant shingles can help you get an estimated 11% discount on your insurance premium, according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

Roof deck attachment strengthening

The roof deck is the thin layer of wood beneath your shingles. Also known as “roof sheathing,” the roof deck is an important protective component of your roof. To strengthen it from the outside, long nails can be driven through the roof deck and into the rafters. This decreases the likelihood of shingles blowing off during periods of high wind.

Secondary water barrier

Adding a water barrier on top of your roof deck can help prevent  water damage during rainy hurricane conditions. A secondary water barrier, which is most cost-effective to install when replacing your roof, lies beneath the asphalt shingles and is made of a rubber material.

If conditions are ever bad enough that your shingles blow off, this barrier prevents water from getting into your house, which can end up saving you thousands in costly water damage. Plus, a secondary water barrier can get you an estimated 6% discount on your insurance premium.

Fortify your home with PACE financing!

RenewPACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing from Renew Financial is an excellent way to get your building up to Florida’s strict building code without shelling out thousands of dollars all at once. In a state that has high building safety standards for hurricanes, using RenewPACE can help you achieve affordable peace of mind, knowing your home will stay secure during even the harshest conditions.

Benefits of PACE financing

  • 100% upfront funding

  • No out-of-pocket costs

  • Flexible payback period

  • No prepayment penalty

  • May add value to home

  • ...And more!

Ready to strengthen your home? Get in touch with us to learn more. Our financing also covers various renewable and energy efficiency products.