The force of a cyclone is classified according to its strength. The weakest is Category 1 and the strongest is Category 5. Categories 1 and 2 can cause a fair amount of damage, but when Category 3 or higher strikes, that is when homeowners have cause to worry. Luckily, these damaging storms do not travel as far south as Sydney, in saying that though, the region is still exposed to some sever and damaging weather.

We are all aware that these heavy storms can play havoc with properties, especially the rooftops of commercial properties and homes. So, what steps should we take in order to protect our properties from these extreme forces of nature? Thunderous clouds that produce heave rainstorms bring strong winds that can cause severe damage to roofs. Some of these storms can cause absolute destruction and rip off any covering, no matter how strong.

However, by taking steps to safeguard your home beforehand can help to resist some of the damage, particularly when caused by violent wind. Make sure that your materials are as strong as possible. Bear in mind that asphalt shingles are not a good option and can be quickly dragged off any building. Usually they are fastened down with nails and these soon get ripped off by a ferocious storm.

In Sydney, where storms can also be very strong, roofing Northern Beaches should be made of a strong material. The toughest roofs that can withstand the elements are made of metal. Metal roofs were shown to have withstood the Florida, USA, hurricanes better than any other material. Even though metal roofs are strong, they still have snags, so they should still be reinforced against storm winds.

The best precaution is to examine a roof at least once a year, preferably a couple of months before the storm season. This will enable you to make any necessary adjustments. For example, ensure that shingle roofs have not come loose. Also look for rust and unfastened bolts. These simple measures will give you peace of mind that everything has been firmly bolted down.

Living near the coast means living with additional hazards—strong gales that blow in from the sea. Strong metal roofs will withstand high winds, but like other roofs, they also need to be inspected. If you aren’t sure what to look for, consult a metal roofing Sydney expert. Don’t forget to check for leaking roofs and have your gutters inspected at the same time

Finally, if you find that making inspections of your roofs and gutters is too troublesome or too expensive, when the heavy storms arrive and you see the devastation, the extra expense for a new roof and other associated repairs, might have been avoided if you had taken previous measures to protect your home.