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Can My Roof Survive a Tornado?

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t think about your roof until there’s a problem. And if you live in an area that’s prone to tornadoes, such as South Bend Indiana, one of your top concerns sooner or later is going to be whether or not your roof can withstand the wind and debris flying around. In this article, we’ll discuss what factors influence a roof’s ability to survive a tornado and offer some tips on how to keep your home and family safe.

tornado damage

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of whether or not a roof can survive a tornado. The severity of the storm, the age and condition of the roof, and the construction materials used all play a role in how well your home fares. That said, there are some things you can do to help increase your roof’s chances of making it through a tornado unscathed.

Schedule A Roof Inspection

First and foremost, make sure your roof is in good condition. A roof that’s in need of repair is more likely to suffer damage during a tornado than one that’s been well maintained.

Inspect your roof regularly and have any necessary repairs done as soon as possible. Clayton Hoover can provide you with a thorough inspection and take care of any and all repairs as needed.

Keep An Eye On Potential Risks

Also keep an eye on trees near your home; if they’re close enough to potentially damage your roof, have them trimmed or removed.

Check Your Shingles

Finally, check your shingles; if they’re loose or missing, have them replaced. Missing or damaged shingles can allow wind and debris to get under the roof and cause serious damage.

tornado damage to roof

If a tornado is imminent, try to take shelter in an interior room on the lowest level of your home. If you can’t get to shelter, crouch down and cover your head with your hands. Never try to outrun a tornado!

While it’s impossible to guarantee that your roof will survive a tornado, by taking these precautions you can give yourself the best possible chance. For more information on preparing for severe weather, visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s website at

A roof built right, can help keep you safe. Learn more about our roofing services and schedule a free estimate at