With the recent tropical storms, wind has become a topic of concern. Wind is one of Mother Nature’s inevitable forces, so it’s important to be prepared. Equipping your home with proper roofing materials and performing regular maintenance on your roof is the easiest way to thwart wind damage. In the case that damage is inflicted, there are measures that can be taken to get your roof back in adequate shape.
Consider Higher Grade Shingles
All it takes is a few gusts of high winds to lift shingles. Average shingles carry a 60 mph wind resistance, but shingles that withstand over 100 mph are also available. These shingles are special order items and they require an additional 2 nails per shingle, so they are slightly more expensive.
Check to Ensure Proper Installation and Performance
A good way to prevent wind uplifting shingles is to inspect your roof. Make sure the insulation and roofing materials are adequately secured to the roof deck, and that the perimeter of the roof is securely fastened. Proper installation is vital to ensure that your roof is performing correctly. Any minor issues that were once not a problem for a homeowner can turn into a waterfall in severe weather! (For homeowners that suspect a leak, check out this article.)
Repair Damages Promptly
In the instance that your roof becomes exposed, your house is now subject to water damage and leaking. Debris can become lodged underneath poorly secured shingles. As a result, shingles may get damaged or fall off, leaving your roof susceptible to deterioration. If rain accompanies the storm, water can be blown underneath the shingles or other roofing materials. The inside of the roof will be unprotected, which results to leaking. Contact a professional to inspect and repair these issues as soon as possible; putting it off will only create a more difficult – and more expensive – fix.
Published September 6, 2011.
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