Why Where You Live Matters When Choosing a Roofing Material

Living in the South guarantees you a couple of things. Hurricanes and Tornadoes are a part of life. So are violent storms – especially in the Spring and Summer.  How does this affect your roofing project?

Where you live has a huge influence on your roof material choices and the roof’s potential lifespan.  In this article we’ll discuss how your location impacts your roofing job.  We want your expectations to be exceeded, not simply met.

Hurricanes & High Winds

We know that hurricanes are a fact of life in the South.  Alabama and the Wiregrass are close enough to the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf, that it is likely your roof will go through multiple hurricanes over its 20-30 year lifespan.

Wind Speeds

Which roofing options, materials and systems are evaluated and proven to withstand high winds? Will your installer take the time to use extra materials and installation measures to make your roof safe and secure?

Category Wind Speed Type of Damage Expected
1 74 – 95 mph Very dangerous winds will produce some damage.
2 96 – 110 mph Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage.
3 111 – 130 mph Devastating damage is likely to occur.
4 131 – 155 mph Catastrophic damage is likely to occur.
5 > 155 mph Catastrophic damage will occur.

During a hurricane, winds can get so strong that they lift the entire roof from the house. This may seem like a scene from a blockbuster movie, but unfortunately it happens more than homeowners think. If your roof is not connected to the other parts of your home’s frame, it can easily be ripped up. Roof-to-wall connections and roof-deck attachments can provide an extra point of connection. These systems attach sturdy, steel clips to your roof’s top plate, which are then fastened to your home’s trusses, rafters, or walls.

Secondary water barrier: Water intrusion is one of the biggest concerns when it comes to hurricane damage, but you can help prevent it with a secondary water barrier. This fairly new type of home upgrade is designed to prevent water from entering your home when your roof fails. The barrier is a layer of material placed directly on the roof deck, right under your primary outer roof cover (tiles, shingles, or metal panels, for example). If you’re looking for a leak-free roof, a secondary water barrier should be on your list.

Performance Rating

You should always discuss the performance rating of your selected materials with your Roofing Contractor to ensure it will be able to withstand the winds that can occur in Wiregrass.

Building Codes

What do your local municipal codes require? If you choose an out of state or “travelling” roofer they may not know and they may not include those requirements in your quote. However, they will have to comply so your quote could suddenly have to be dramatically increased.  The All About Roofs Team knows all state, county, and municipal code requirements at the beginning of your project. No surprises.


Your Insurance Policy may have requirements for ratings to ensure you get an adequate replacement.  Our Team has Insurance Specialists no staff. We’ll ensure your insurance company’s requirements are met or exceeded. 

Snow & Ice

Although Snow is not entirely common in Wiregrass, it happens. More often we experience Ice. There are some specific concerns regarding snow & ice you want to consider in your roofing project.

Snow Loads

Snow and Ice are HEAVY.  You want to make sure your roofing materials are rated for the maximum accumulation that is normally experienced in your area.

Snow Shedding

What roofing materials will make the snow and ice shed from your roof quicker? What are the safest options?

Ice Damming

What roofing options will minimize or alleviate ice damming?


Hail is a common occurrence in Wiregrass. Sometimes it can be severe enough to cause significant property damage.

Dent Resistance

What roofing materials are tested and proven to be dent resistant?

Performance Rating

Which roofing materials are rated to take the impact from a hailstorm? The size of the hail and the speed are all part of a formalized rating system.


You have a lot to consider when it comes to replacing your roof. The investment is large. Choosing a trusted Roofing Specialists like All About Roofs can give you peace of mind that the job is done correctly, and the roof can withstand the forces of Mother Nature.