Factors that Reduce Wind Damage on Roofs

Even the simplest roofs are strong enough to last for years. But if this is so, why some roofs are at the mercy of Mother Nature when there’s a heavy storm? There are some simple explanations for that.

•   Although all roofs are strong, there is still poor and excellent quality roofing materials.

•   Not all roof types are perfect for all locations. No wonder you need to stick to the building codes of your location.

•   The skills of the roofers also play a role in the performance of the roof.

•   And then, it’s you and me and every other homeowner out there. Do we really take good care of our roofs to make them resistant to the winds?

Let’s see.

All locations experience their fair share of bad weather, storms, and winds. But some locations truly suffer a lot by experiencing hurricanes and heavy storms repeatedly. Naturally, such factors shape your opinion when you are getting ready to choose a roof.

Don’t forget that roofs are the first line of defense against winds. And it’s not just that. Wear and tear, which unavoidably comes over the years, will also make them more susceptible to damage. So, let us put together the main factors that affect the performance of roofs in windy days and how we can prevent damage.

Roof selection

Roof damage prevention actually starts before you buy the roof. The steepness and the material of the roof often play a role if the house is located in a hurricane-prone area. To avoid surprises later, talk to your local roofing contractor before you choose.

Roof installation

Even a simple roof of a small house is hard to install. All the same, the expertise of the roofer will make a difference. The way the roof installation is done may be proven crucial when a heavy storm comes your way. If the shingles are not nailed properly, they will fly off in the storm. Such problems cause new headaches. Apart from the roof damage and possible leakage, the flying shingles may ruin your neighbor’s home or cause an accident. All roof fasteners must be of the best quality, properly aligned, and well setup for the shingles to remain in place. The edges must be sealed and the sheathing must be windproof. So, when you plan to install a roof, pay extra attention to whom you choose for the job. This must be a professional roofing company that will stick to the building codes and will do an excellent job.

Attic ventilation

Proper attic ventilation is vital for several reasons. Apart from making the house more comfortable and constituting to the avoidance of mold building, it keeps the roof from getting damaged. The build-up condensation may cause shingle damage and if the shingles are damaged, they can easily fly off during high winds.

Roof repairs

Some roof repairs might be needed over the years. Don’t neglect them. If there’s roof damage, have it fixed. If you suspect damage after a storm, have a roofer check the shingles, the fasteners, the flashing, the gutters – everything. In short, when there’s a problem, don’t postpone the roof repair service. Fix it as soon as possible.

Roof maintenance

Having the right roof properly installed and all its problems fixed when necessary is crucial but usually half the battle against the ruthless elements. One more way to minimize the risk of wind damage on your roof is to have it inspected from time to time. If the stormy season is just around the corner, make an appointment with your local contractor for a preventive roof service. By having a pro to inspect the roof, take care of its problems, and clean the gutters, you will fortify the most important structural element of your home against the winds. The