Texas experiences hurricanes along the coast, tornadoes in the central and northern areas and severe thunderstorms throughout the state. These weather events bring strong destructive winds with them. High winds create wind uplift which is when a gust of wind moves across the roof’s surface and creates a suction. This suction will lift the roof or sections of it off and leave the house and occupants exposed to the elements. Asphalt shingles can start to be ripped off in 70 mph winds and the whole roof could be lost in winds over 100 mph. Even if you only lose a couple shingles; your roof’s substructure will be exposed to rain and can cause leaks. Standing seam metal roofs on the other hand can resist wind uplift at 140 mph. Your roofing contractor can install special clips and hardware to increase your metal roof’s durability in winds up to 180 mph if you live in a tornado or hurricane prone area. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) which helps people and first responders before, during, and after emergencies, recommends metal roofs for hurricane and tornado areas.