You can’t do anything about weather. However, you can find ways to better weather a storm. Closed-cell spray foam insulation applied to the
underside of the roof can greatly reduce
the risk of wind and water damage during
significant storm events.
Too many homeowners living in hurricane
and tornado-prone regions know firsthand the damage monster storms can
deliver to homes and communities. While
predicting storm paths and calculating
potential damage has improved, living
in coastal regions invariably puts homes
in harm’s way in severe weather events.
Today, builders, remodelers and architects
are discovering better ways to protect
homes from the potential destruction
a hurricane, tornado or severe weather
event can cause. Closed-cell spray
polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation is
proving to be an important tool in this
Each year an average of 11 tropical
storms develop, and only 6 gain enough
strength to be classified as a hurricane.
These storms can have sustained winds
that range from 74 mph (Category 1) to
over 155 mph (Category 5). According to
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Association (NOAA), over a three year
period about five hurricanes strike
land along the U.S. coastline, and
approximately two of these classified
as a Category 3 storm or higher.
When hurricanes do make landfall in the
United States, the cost in property damage
can be considerable. Losses associated
with hurricanes average over $5.1 billion
per year and cumulatively, have topped
$148 billion since the year 2000.
While storm surges only impact areas
within a few miles of the ocean, wind
and rain damage can spread extensively
inland. In 2008, Hurricane Ike made
landfall in Galveston, Texas and headed
northeast leaving a swath of destruction
across the United States and into Canada.
Hurricane Ike was so powerful it left
almost 1 million people without power in
Ohio, even after it had been downgraded
to a tropical storm.
Weathering the Storm
Wind Uplift and Spray Polyurethane Foam
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