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If you're building a new home or replacing your roof, use the FORTIFIED construction method to strengthen your home against severe weather.
Typical construction leaves your home vulnerable
What is FORTIFIED?
FORTIFIED is a better way to build, re-roof, or retrofit your home to protect against severe weather.
FORTIFIED is a voluntary construction and re-roofing program designed to strengthen homes and commercial buildings against specific types of severe weather such as high winds, hail, hurricanes, and even tornadoes.
FORTIFIED Home offers three ways to strengthen and protect your new or existing home.
FORTIFIED'S 3 Tiers of Protection
Roofing or Re-Roofing
Best for Existing Homes
Builds on the requirements of FORTIFIED Roof to also help protect vulnerable areas such as windows and doors as well as attached structures such as carports.
Best for New Homes
Builds on requirements of FORTIFIED Roof and FORTIFIED Silver to provide the best protection available against severe weather.
Benefits of a FORTIFIED Roof
Roof damage often begins when wind gets underneath the roof edge and begins ripping it away from the home. To help protect this vulnerable area, FORTIFIED requires specific materials and installation methods including a wider drip edge and a fully adhered starter strip that when used together create a stronger system.
Sealed Roof Deck
If wind rips off your roof coveringsuch as shingles, metal panels or tilesthis exposes the wood beneath and allows water to pass through the gaps and enter your home. FORTIFIED requires roofs to be sealed to prevent this type of water damage.
Instead of common smooth nails, FORTIFIED requires ring-shank nails installed in an enhanced pattern to help keep the roof deck attached to your home in high winds. In fact, using ring-shank nails nearly doubles the strength of your roof against the forces of winds.
Impact Resistant Shingles
FORTIFIED requires shingles tested by IBHS to best withstand hail up to 2 inches in diameter. When used together, these small but important details make a huge impact on the strength of your roof and better protect your home against severe weather.
Pressure Rated Garage Doors
Keeping winds and pressure from entering your home is critical for its survival in a storm. Both can easily come through a failed garage door, and once this happens, its common to see blown-out walls and collapsed roofs. FORTIFIED prevents this scenario by requiring garage doors rated to withstand high pressures.
Impact Protection For Windows and Doors
Tests conclusively show plywood over the windows is not sufficient to defend your home from storm pressures or from debris tossed by hurricane winds. To keep winds from entering your home and potentially causing catastrophic damage, FORTIFIED requires window and door protection that is tested to protect against pressure and impact.
Additional Bracing at Gable Ends
Post-disaster studies show that typical construction plans often leave the large areas of a gable with little to no support. By requiring additional bracing, FORTIFIED stops high winds from collapsing this section of a home.
Properly Secured Attached Structures and Porches
High winds can flow under the roof of a carport or porch, and if the structure is not properly anchored, it can not only lift up like a kiteit can take part of your house with it. FORTIFIED requires strong anchors and proper connection to your home to prevent this type of damage.
Well Anchored Chimneys
Typical construction often ignores the way a decorative chimney is attached to a house. Unfortunately, high winds often tear these features from the home, leaving a hole in the roof and allowing rain to easily enter, which typically leads to significant interior damage. FORTIFIED requires proper attachments to prevent this damage.
Stronger Wall Sheathing
No matter what direction the wind is coming from, your walls will take the brunt of it. If they fail, wind and rain will ravage your home. This is why FORTIFIED requires exterior walls to be thick enough and attached with strong enough nails to withstand winds up to 130 mph.
Durable than traditional roofing system
Continuous Load Path
In most areas of the country, typical construction relies on gravityand the weight of your hometo keep it in one piece when high winds threaten. Sadly, storm after storm, we see proof that this is not enough. FORTIFIED requires an engineered continuous load path. This is a specific plan that specifies how your roof should be fixed to your walls, and how your walls should be anchored to your foundation. Creating a singular, solid structure is the key to FORTIFIEDs system for maximum protection.
Peace of Mind Backed By Research
To understand how severe weather damages homes, IBHS conducts extensive field research of real homes after real storms to identify areas of the home that are vulnerable. The results from decades of this work were used to create the FORTIFIED program and are incorporated into every requirement of the FORTIFIED standards.
Using this data, IBHS tests different methods for reducing damage in a research facility in South Carolina. There, they subject full-size homes to realistic storm conditions including wind-driven rain, hail, and winds up to 130 mph.
Crown Roofing Announces Commitment to Resilience by Supporting IBHS FORTIFIED Home Program
Raleigh, NC 9/3/2021- Crown Roofing today announced it has joined in support of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safetys (IBHS) FORTIFIED Home program. Crown Roofing will work to make our communities more resilient by improving the ability of our nations homes to resist severe weather by promoting FORTIFIED Homes voluntary severe storm protection system upgrades.
Crown Roofing is pleased to support FORTIFIED Home, said Bruce, Owner We believe in strengthening our communities and will continue to demonstrate our commitment to help our customers protect what is priceless.
In support of FORTIFIED Home, Crown Roofing will:
- Help spread the word about the importance of resilience to our staff, customers, partners and community.
- Support FORTIFIED Home by meeting or exceeding the high standards of quality and professionalism that all FORTIFIED contractors are held to.
- Highlight our achievements with recognition offered through FORTIFIED Home.
Improving the ability of our nations homes to withstand severe weather is critical to protecting what is priceless and strengthening our communities, said Fred Malik, Director of FORTIFIED Programs at IBHS. From the roof to the foundation, FORTIFIED Home allies are leading the way by making the homes where we live stronger, safer and more durable.
FORTIFIED Home was introduced by IBHS in 2010 as a voluntary set of home upgrades. Today, FORTIFIED Homes are being built in many of Americas coastal communities.
IBHS is an independent, nonprofit, scientific research and communications organization supported by the property insurance industry. The organization works to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other risks on residential and commercial property by conducting building science research and advocating improved construction, maintenance and preparedness practices.