It is officially hurricane season. Hurricane Elsa is just one of the possible tropical storms Florida may see this year. The National Weather Service predicts that between 13 and 20 named storms will form in the Atlantic this year. Six of the ten could turn into hurricanes. Major storms are expected to form in three to five of these hurricanes.

Floridians need to ensure that their homes are hurricane-ready in order to protect their property from flying debris, high winds, and water damage. There is only so much you can do for your roof to protect it from major hurricanes. What can a hurricane do for your roof? We’ll be discussing the true impact of hurricanes on average homes’ roofing systems and what to do if you have a severely damaged roof.


Because hurricanes have many characteristics, there are many ways that a hurricane could cause damage to your roof.

  • Strong winds: Although tropical storms can produce high winds, storms that reach speeds greater than 74 miles an hour are considered hurricanes. Strong winds can cause roof tiles to fall off and shingles to be ripped off. They can also pull down gutter systems or lift up the sides of a steel roof. High winds can also blow debris, such as tree limbs and objects, into the gutter systems of other houses. These items can damage shingles and cause scratches or holes in your roof.
  • Hail: Sometimes, Hail occurs during a hurricane. Hail damage can result in damaged or cracked roofing shingles, and even dents to your metal roof. Hail damage can cause water damage if the roof is not sealed properly.
  • Heavy rain: Sometimes, heavy rain can cause roof damage when it comes with hail from a hurricane. But heavy rain can cause roof damage due to excessive wear.


Roof repairs are required for homeowners who have suffered storm damage. A survey of homeowners found that storm damage was the main reason they wanted to repair their roofs. This is according to up to 65%. Old Time Roofers can provide a metal roof for your home if it has been badly damaged by a hurricane. Our top-rated roofing contractors in FL have years of experience replacing and repairing roofs just like yours. Get in touch with us to find out more about storm damage repair and metal roof replacements.

This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing, one of the best roofing companies in St Petersburg FL. Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.