Different roof materials have varying wind resistance. Some are designed to withstand moderate winds, while others are more suited for high-wind areas.
In this post, Ken Morton & Sons LLC shares tips on how to tell if your roof is wind-resistant.
The Importance of Wind Resistance
Winds can blow off an entire roof, especially if it’s poorly installed or made of low-quality materials. They can push against the roofline’s edges or above the ridge, damaging the roof. Wind damage shortens the lifespan of a roof. That’s why you should immediately schedule a roof inspection following a storm.
What Factors Influence Your Roof’s Wind Resistance?
A roof’s wind resistance depends on the following factors:
- Local Environment. Roofs in areas that are prone to high winds tend to wear out more quickly. Moreover, if there are trees nearby, these can get uprooted by a strong wind and crash on your roof.
- Roof Shape and Geometry. Gable roofs with high pitches and overhangs can withstand wind uplift. A four-sided hip roof has fewer areas prone to uplift, improving the roof’s wind resistance.
- Poor Installation. Reliable roofers ensure proper shingle alignment, nail placement and flashing installation. They also use starter strips to make the roof more wind-resistant.
- Roof Age. Old roofs are more susceptible to wind damage. Signs of aging include dried, cracked, or curled shingles.
Signs of Wind Damage
Fallen tree limbs, exposed underlayment in various areas, missing hip and ridge shingles, and missing flashing are some observable signs of wind damage. A roofer can perform an inspection and trace hidden roof damage that can cause leaks and weaken the roof if left unattended.
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