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What is a FORTIFIED Roof? (FORTIFIED Roofing Systems)

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When it comes to protecting your home from the elements, a strong and resilient roof is essential. One innovative roofing system that has gained significant recognition is the FORTIFIED Roof™. Developed by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), the FORTIFIED Roof™ is designed to withstand severe weather conditions and provide enhanced protection for homes.

Though we don’t primarily operate in a market that gets severe weather regularly, we have installed a few of these roofing systems when we dip out into the coastal regions of North Carolina. So in order to help our homeowners learn about the process, requirements, and benefits of this kind of roof installation, we wanted to write this blog!

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What is a FORTIFIED Roof?

what is a fortified roof_WebPA FORTIFIED Roof™ is a roofing system that adheres to specific standards and practices developed by the IBHS. It is designed to mitigate damage caused by severe weather events, including high winds, heavy rain, and hail. The FORTIFIED Roof™ system focuses on strengthening the roof structure and components, making it more resistant to damage and better equipped to protect your home.

What Materials does a FORTIFIED Roof Require?fortified roof materials_WebP

To meet the requirements of a FORTIFIED Roof™, specific materials and construction techniques are employed. These materials vary based on the level of protection desired, which includes FORTIFIED Roof™, FORTIFIED Silver™, and FORTIFIED Gold™. We’ll talk about these in the next section.

Common materials used in a FORTIFIED Roof™ include impact-resistant shingles or metal roofing, reinforced roof decking, and specialized roofing underlayment. Additionally, strong adhesives, enhanced fasteners, and appropriate flashing are utilized to ensure the components of the roof are securely attached and can withstand high winds.

Levels of a FORTIFIED Roofing System

There are three tiers in the FORTIFIED program: FORTIFIED Roof, FORTIFIED Silver, and FORTIFIED Gold, each providing increasing levels of resilience.above fortified roof install_WebP

The FORTIFIED Roof level focuses on reinforcing the roof structure to resist wind uplift and reducing the risk of roof cover damage. It involves strengthening roof connections, using impact-resistant shingles or metal roofing, and enhancing the attachment of the roof to the underlying structure.

The FORTIFIED Silver level expands upon the FORTIFIED Roof requirements by incorporating additional measures to protect vulnerable roof components, such as roof edges, gables, and ridges. It includes the installation of specialized roofing materials and techniques to further enhance the roof's resistance to severe weather events.

The FORTIFIED Gold level represents the highest level of protection and includes all the requirements of the FORTIFIED Roof and FORTIFIED Silver levels. Additionally, it includes measures to strengthen the overall structure of the home, such as reinforcing doors, windows, and garage doors, as well as improving the integrity of the home's envelope.

How to Get a FORTIFIED Roofdocumentation_WebP

To obtain a FORTIFIED Roof™, it is recommended to work with a licensed roofing contractor who is knowledgeable about the FORTIFIED Roof™ system. The process typically involves the following steps:

  1. Assessment: A professional roofing contractor will evaluate your current roof and provide recommendations based on the FORTIFIED Roof™ guidelines. They will assess the condition of the roof structure, materials, and any necessary upgrades.
  2. Upgrades and Modifications: Depending on the level of FORTIFIED Roof™ desired, the contractor will make necessary upgrades and modifications to meet the specific requirements. This may include reinforcing the roof structure, installing impact-resistant materials, and enhancing the roof-to-structure connections.
  3. Certification: Once the necessary upgrades are completed, an inspection is conducted by a certified evaluator to ensure the roof meets the FORTIFIED Roof™ standards. If everything complies, the roof can be certified as a FORTIFIED Roof™.

Where are FORTIFIED Roofs Popular?

Fortified roof and beach_WebPFORTIFIED Roofs™ have gained popularity in regions prone to severe weather events. Coastal areas susceptible to hurricanes, tornado-prone regions, and areas experiencing heavy snowfall are particularly interested in the added protection and resilience offered by the FORTIFIED Roof™ system.

Additionally, insurance companies are recognizing the benefits of FORTIFIED Roofs™ and may offer policyholders incentives, such as discounts or reduced premiums, for having a certified FORTIFIED Roof™ installed.

What are the Benefits of Having a FORTIFIED Roof?

Investing in a FORTIFIED Roof™ offers several notable benefits:benefits of having fortified roof_WebP

  • Enhanced Protection: A FORTIFIED Roof™ provides increased resistance to wind uplift, heavy rain, and hail. By withstanding severe weather events, it helps safeguard your home from potential damage.
  • Improved Safety: The reinforced structure and secure roof-to-structure connections reduce the risk of roof failure during storms, ensuring the safety of occupants and minimizing the potential for property damage.
  • Potential Insurance Discounts: Some insurance companies recognize the reduced risk associated with FORTIFIED Roofs™ and may offer policyholders discounts or reduced premiums as an incentive for having a certified FORTIFIED Roof™ installed.
  • Increased Home Value: Having a FORTIFIED Roof™ can enhance the value of your home. Prospective buyers appreciate the added protection and peace of mind that comes with a resilient roofing system.
  • Long-Term Cost Savings: While the initial investment in a FORTIFIED Roof™ may be higher than a traditional roof, the long-term cost savings can be significant. The reduced risk of damage and the potential for lower insurance premiums can contribute to overall savings over the lifespan of the roof.

Looking into your own FORTIFIED roof?

A FORTIFIED Roof™ offers homeowners an opportunity to fortify their homes against severe weather conditions. By adhering to specific standards and utilizing resilient materials, a FORTIFIED Roof™ provides enhanced protection, improved safety, and potential cost savings. Whether you live in an area prone to hurricanes, tornadoes, or heavy snowfall, considering a FORTIFIED Roof™ can provide you with peace of mind knowing that your home is well-equipped to withstand nature's elements.

Like we mentioned at the top of this article, we’ve installed a couple of these kinds of roofs ourselves. Though we don’t get many here in our primary service area of Raleigh, North Carolina, we’ve gone down to the coast a few times in places like Surf City, and in Wilmington, where these roofs are much more popular.

Wherever you are, if you're interested in upgrading your roofing system to a FORTIFIED Roof™, you should with a professional, local roofing contractor who is experienced in FORTIFIED Roofing. They can guide you through the process, recommend suitable materials, and ensure that your new roof meets the necessary standards for certification.

On Tops Roofing has been installing all kinds of roofs, including FORTIFIED Roof™ systems, in North Carolina since 1991. Whatever your roofing project requires, We’re on it!

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