Your family deserves a strong home

The FORTIFIED construction method is a voluntary construction standard backed by decades of research, that your roofing contractor or builder can use to help protect your home against severe weather.

Typical Construction Leaves Your Home Vulnerable

We spent decades studying the damage caused by hurricanes, tornadoes and other severe weather events and identified common weaknesses in homes built using conventional construction standards. Then, we spent years finding the best solutions by testing them in the only research center in the world capable of full-scale building tests. Now, you can use our knowledge to defend your home, simply by asking your contractor to follow the FORTIFIED construction method.

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Could FORTIFIED be right for you?

Our short and easy assessment will help you:

Determine Re-roofing Urgency
Your roof is your home’s first line of defense. Answer these simple questions to see if now is the right time to give your roof the extra strength FORTIFIED provides.
Confirm FORTIFIED Eligibility
Anyone can use the construction upgrades required by the FORTIFIED standard to improve their home’s resistance to storms. However, some types of residential construction are not eligible for a FORTIFIED designation. Answer these three questions to see if your home is eligible for a designation and the insurance incentives that often come with one.
Recommend the Right Solution
Interested in protecting more than just your roof, or do you want to protect something other than a single-family home from severe weather? We can help you figure out the best next steps for your situation, if you answer these five questions.
Select a trained FORTIFIED Service Provider
Whether you’re looking for a roofer, builder or FORTIFIED Evaluator, you can use our Provider Locator tool to find someone who understands the FORTIFIED requirements and the documentation IBHS needs to ensure your home meets the strict standard for designation.

First, tell us a little about the condition of your roof.

My roof...

We’re sorry to hear that you’ve had to experience the damage and disruption caused by severe weather.

You're not alone!

In 2020, there were 30 named tropical systems, more than 1000 confirmed tornadoes, and a derecho that became the costliest thunderstorm in US history. Collectively, these severe weather events caused approximately $100 billion in damage, and IBHS post-storm studies generally show that between 70% and 90% of related insurance claims include damage to the roof. But don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place. We can connect you to a FORTIFIED professional who will help you get a new roof that can stand up to the next storm. But, first we need just a little more information.

But don’t worry, you’re in the right place. We can put you in touch with a FORTIFIED building professional near you. But first, we need a little more information. Start Over

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Not only can we connect you to FORTIFIED Service Providers who work in your area, we may be able to point out incentives available in your state that can help save you money.

Enter your email, and we’ll send your personalized “Get FORTIFIED” packet, including a list of FORTIFIED-trained roofers and evaluators in your area.

“Get FORTIFIED” packet includes:

  • Directory of Professionals in your area
  • Financial incentives available in your state
  • Storm Recovery Checklist
  • Seven Questions You Should Absolutely Ask Your Roofer
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That’s great to hear!

Did you know that even if your roof cover (shingles, metal or tiles) is in good condition, there are steps you can take to get the next level protection FORTIFIED provides? If you live in North Carolina or Alabama, there are even programs that can help pay for the upgrade.

Lucky You! is a leader in resilient construction and you may be able to take advantage of some of the following:
Offers significant incentives!

  • Mitigation Grants - Funds may be available to help you make your home more resilient.
  • FORTIFIED Endorsements - Your insurer may offer add-on coverage which will pay to upgrade your roof to the FORTIFIED standard, if it is being replaced due to a covered loss.
  • Insurance Discounts - Insurers in your area offer discounts on homeowners insurance premiums for homes with a FORTIFIED designation.

Also, since your roof is in good shape, you might prefer to address other vulnerable areas of your home. Enter your email, and we’ll send your personalized “Get FORTIFIED” packet.

Your “Get FORTIFIED” packet will include:

  • Financial incentives available in your state
  • A sample of insurance discounts offered in your area
  • The Next Line of Defense: 5 Parts of Your Home to Reinforce Before the Next Storm
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Although North Carolina and Alabama lead the way in FORTIFIED and resiliency incentives, you may still have some available to you.

For example, your insurer may offer a discounts for FORTIFIED designations or for some of the key elements included in the standard (e.g. window protection, impact-resistant shingles, or hurricane straps).

Also, since your roof is in good shape, you might prefer to address other vulnerable areas of your home.

Enter your email and zip code, and we’ll send your personalized “Get FORTIFIED” packet.

Your “Get FORTIFIED” packet will include:

  • Financial incentives available in your state
  • A sample of insurance discounts offered in your area
  • The Next Line of Defense: 5 Parts of Your Home to Reinforce Before the Next Storm
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Did you know that roofs may need to be replaced every 15 – 20 years, and depending on what type of weather conditions it’s faced, that number could be even lower?

The urgency of roof replacement depends on the condition of your roof. Let’s see how your roof is showing its age.
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You’re in the right place. We want to help you determine if now might be the time to replace your roof.

When you look at your roof, do you see any of these conditions:

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Looks like it may be time to replace your roof.

Depending on where your home is located, it may be better to replace it sooner rather than later. As your home’s first line of defense, your roofing system prevents water from entering your home and causing a cascade of damage.

Enter your email and zip code, and we will connect you to a FORTIFIED professional in your area who can inspect your roof and help you determine if it does need to be replaced.

We’ll also send you important information on how to get started on your roof replacement and some preventative measures you can take to protect your home until them.

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‘Resilience’ gains ground as storms increase in frequency and intensity

As high wind events increasingly impact more communities, homeowners are looking for a way to reduce their risk, and a growing number are turning to FORTIFIED.

Don’t Jeopardize Your Home’s Resilience

The FORTIFIED standard requires a series of upgrades that create a system of protection that reduces the risk of storm damage. Homeowners, though, can make modifications to their homes that leave them vulnerable to severe weather.

How to Select a Roofing Contractor

Selecting a roofing contractor is easier with this checklist for homeowners from the team behind the FORTIFIED building standard.

Reinforce Your Property Against Hurricanes

Hurricane season has begun, and homeowners in coastal states should get prepared. Colorado State University hurricane researchers are predicting an active Atlantic hurricane season in 2024, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimates 17 to 25 named storms could form, potentially wreaking havoc on properties along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.

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Research shows that the roof is the most vulnerable part of your house during high winds.

Become an Official FORTIFIED Building Professional

You can help make your community more resilient while growing your business. Contractors across the country are offering FORTIFIED homes and roofs to meet the increasing demand for stronger, more resilient homes.

Stay In The Know

Do you want to keep up with the latest resiliency research? Would you like timely tips and reminders to keep your home safe from Mother Nature? Are you interested in the science behind the FORTIFIED standard? Then, sign up for customized emails to learn more.

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