Hurricane Season is officially here, and leading up to its June 1 start, the National Hurricane Survival Initiative released its Top 10 Mistakes that U.S. coastal residents make during this time of year. The list touched on evacuations, insurance, and general safety, but most relevant to the SPF industry was Mistake #4: failing to protect the home. Home protection involves everything from landscape maintenance, like cutting down loose branches, to fortifying entryways, like ensuring your garage door is hurricane-ready. Additionally, Mistake #4 identified roofs in particular, that is, the tendency to postpone roof maintenance or failing to address structurally unsound roofing systems.
In light of the risk during this season, we will take a brief look at an investigation performed by Mason Knowles in the aftermath of Hurricane Dolly, which hit the Texas coast in 2008. Specifically, Knowles highlights some of the performance differences he observed between various types of roofing systems, including spray foam roofs. The following excerpts are taken from a report published on SprayFoam.com in 2009.