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Is Your Home Ready to Weather the Storm? Take Our Quiz!

Amy R. Connolly, Writer
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“Rain, rain go away, come again another…”

We can sing, shout and beg for the rain to go away, but the summer storm season is right around the corner. No doubt, summer’s going to sizzle. But it’s also going to be soaked, according to Colorado State University forecasters.

They’re predicting that the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season (June 1 - November 30) could bring 19 named storms — including nine hurricanes, four of those reaching Category 3 or higher with 129 mph winds.

So, what does that mean for homeowners? Plain and simple, there’s an “above-average probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the continental United States coastline and in the Caribbean,” researchers said.

As we’ve all been reminded time and again, hurricanes and intense summer storms aren’t exclusive to the coastlines anymore. Hurricanes are becoming more intense and maintaining their strength longer than ever before. They’re dumping inches (and sometimes feet) of rain and spawning tornadoes in towns and cities that aren’t prepared. Consider Hurricane Zeta in 2020, which made landfall in Louisiana and ripped through parts of central and northern Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, North and South Carolina and Virginia. States as far west as Tennessee and West Virginia felt the impact.

More than ever, storm preparation is essential for everyone. Now, before hurricane season starts, is the time to act. But where to begin? Atlas Roofing recommends starting from the top down.

Does your roof have missing, loose, buckling, curling, lifting or cracked shingles? Is the flashing missing? Are there water stains on your ceilings? Is your roof old?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, don’t risk it and waste another minute. Find a local roofing contractor who can help you determine which Atlas Signature Select® Roofing System is best for your home.

Atlas offers an extensive color and style selection, along with an industry-leading comprehensive warranty. Atlas shingles are smart and durable, using advanced technologies to improve the look and performance significantly. Consider what goes into Atlas shingles:

For more features and benefits, as well as a complete product listing, visit AtlasRoofing.com.

Is your home storm season ready?

Take our short quiz to find out:

(Answers are at the bottom of the page.)

1. Where does Atlas recommend you start hurricane preparations for your home?
a) By the television. Make sure you have an ample number of movies and video games to get you through the long hours.
b) At the grocery store. Not for water bottles and canned foods, but for snacks and drinks for the hurricane party.
c) By looking up! Make sure your roof is ready for the storm by calling a roofer to determine any problems.

2. Who needs to ensure their home is hurricane ready?
a) Only people who live in Florida because hurricanes only hit Florida.
b) Residents near the U.S. coast because hurricanes can’t make it inland.
c) Residents who live hundreds of miles from the coast because hurricanes are becoming stronger than ever.

3. A major part of hurricane preparedness is:
a) Thinking about hurricane season but not really doing anything about it until August or September.
b) Calling a roofing professional to ensure your roof is ready for driving rain and high wind.
c) Stocking the fridge with adult drinks.

4. When is the best time to prepare your home for a hurricane?
a) Before the start of hurricane season to give your roofing professional enough time to identify and fix problems.
b) Sometime in the summer because hurricanes (or tropical storms) never hit where I live.
c) A day or so before a storm hits because no one is busy at that point anyway.

5. What are some of the advantages of using Atlas Roofing?
a) Atlas’s comprehensive warranty and color and style options make the company an industry leader and homeowner favorite.
b) Atlas’s advanced technologies — Scotchgard™ Protection and Core4® Enhanced Polymer Technology — make shingles that protect roofs from hurricane-force winds and torrential downpours.
c) All of the above, of course!

Answer key:

1. c
2. c
3. b
4. a
5. c