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Tornado-proof your roof in 2022

If you live or do business in an area prone to tornadoes, then chances are good that at some point these violent rotating air columns will wreak havoc on your community. They often bring hail and fierce winds with them; if they strike when it’s cloudy (which prefers rain), there is even more danger!

But luckily for all those living nearby – no matter how much protection we can offer our homes-we have options like putting up storm windows during warmer months so water doesn’t get inside as easily.

Durable Roofing Material Options

With all of the different types of roofing available, you might be wondering which type is best for your home. The most durable and long lasting shingle out there will have a lifetime guarantee with no annual fees or hidden costs!

Asphalt Shingle


  • Relatively low cost and lightweight. 
  • Good fire resistance
  • UL 2218 Class 3 and 4 impact resistance is available, should be used in hail regions. 
  • Available with wind warranties up to 130 mph.


  • Aging and weathering may decrease effectiveness in high winds and impact resistance



  • Attractive and relatively lightweight
  • Last up to 40 years
  • May have a Class A and B fire rating


  • Cosmetic damage from hail may cause dimples

Recommended Installation:

  • Use clips or cleats instead of exposed fasteners because they aren’t exposed to weather and allows the metal to expand and contract reducing the opportunity for buckling
  • If exposed fasteners are used, they should be corrosion resistant and penetrate the sheathing



  • Can last three times longer than shingles


  • Expensive and very heavy
  • Some roof structures are unable to support slate

Recommend Installation:

  • Should be attached with flat head copper-wire slating nails
  • In high wind areas, apply a dab of roof cement or polyurethane sealant under the exposed part and the slate
  • Install using four nails per slate in high wind areas
  • High quality, durable underlayment recommended



  • Popular in some areas
  • Available in concrete or clay
  • Concrete tiles are more durable and can last more than 30 years


  • Performance in hail storms varies by type.
  • Clay tiles are brittle and can be easily chipped or broken
  • Tiles are heavy and some structures are unable to support the weight
  • Can take longer to install making labor costs more expensive

Recommend Installation:

  • Use wind clips or storm anchors in high wind or seismic areas
  • Two screws per tile give the highest wind uplift resistance and will help the tile resist shifting
  • Installation is critical in high wind areas, especially hip and ridge tiles
  • A high quality, water resistant underlayment is required

Wood Shingles and Shakes


  • Made from cedar, southern pine
  • Very attractive appearance
  • Perform well against hail


  • Some local codes limit their use
  • May not be rated for fire unless they’re treated with a fire retardant

Can a tornado destroy a concrete building
A tornado turning a concrete building into rubble in seconds

It turns out that YES, the answer is yes. More complexly though, what a tornado actually entails in real life will depend on where you live and how often they happen to come by your area – but most likely concrete would be safe from any harm caused by one of these things!

Tornadoes aren’t just wind; there’s also stuff thrown into it like debris which can make their path much wider than expected when compared against something without all those extra additions (like leaves).

Can a tornado break up concrete?

The force of a tornado is so powerful that not even the best built building can withstand it without significant damage.

You should know what type and where on earth you live if there’s any chance at all for this to happen because tornados usually only travel a few yards before hitting something else! Most victims are struck by wind driven debris, which comes in many different forms – including stones or wood chips from destroyed homes nearby.

What Is A Tornado?