Spring in the coastal U.S. bursts with flowers, warmer temperatures, and people going to the beach or anywhere outdoors to enjoy the sun. But it also comes with uninvited guests: tornadoes.

April through June is the most active time for tornadoes in the U.S. More than 50 percent of twisters occur during these three months, and they are some of the most intense tornadoes. Just like hurricane season, homeowners need to be prepared and the roof is a critical part of protection.

Mitch Wilbanks is a veteran roofer and the operations manager for Ducky Johnson, MyStrongHome’s Louisiana  contractor partner. The firm also specializes in disaster mitigation and has helped thousands of families recover from natural disasters.

Ducky Johnson's Mitch Wilbanks.
Roofing expert Mitch Wilbanks.

Wilbanks advises homeowners to think about maintenance and getting their roofs inspected by a trusted contractor. He says that any roof that is 10 years or older needs an inspection if only for peace of mind, or it could reveal potential concerns.

“Maybe there are some economically viable improvements you can do,” says Wilbanks. “Or it could be time to look at financing a new roof. Storms can open a small problem and make it a big one.”

Wilbanks is blunt about what’s possible when it comes roofing systems. He says that no roof can survive a direct hit from a tornado, but few houses experience a direct hit and there are ways to make your home more durable and storm resistant.

“You have to prepare your home to be as strong as the house,” Wilbanks says. “To achieve that it takes installing a proper roofing system as designed by the roofing manufacturer. Some of the standards for the FORTIFIED roof that we use through MyStrong Home are more construction for tying the roof to the home, and hardening the roof deck with 8D ring shank nails and using more of them.”