High Winds vs Your Roof

High Winds vs Your RoofMost types of modern shingle roofs can withstand high winds of up to 90 mi./h. Although there are a series of roofing products that are able to withstand tornado and hurricane-strength winds, many people choose to install asphalt shingles because these wind events are quite rare. Asphalt shingles are some of the most inexpensive roofing materials to replace and there also some of the most widely available roofing materials on the market. Even though asphalt shingles can withstand extremely high winds, it’s crucial for you to get a roofing inspection every time that your home goes through a wind event. High winds can damage shingles and a wide range of roofing materials. Here are some top considerations when it comes to your roof and high winds:

Common Roof Damage

Some of the most commonly reported types of wind damage are shingles that had been lifted or shingles that are completely removed from the roof itself. Missing, broken, or lifted shingles are easy to spot and they require immediate attention is this type of damage can make your roof much more prone to leaks. This can be a difficult type of damage to see and during high winds, your shingles can start to lift up and settle back down once the storm is over. Take a look at some common problems like the nails holding your shingles that may have loosened or some of the roofing materials like roofing shingle materials on the ground. The seals below your shingles also have a tendency to break and this can lead to the chance that your roof can be far less resistant to winds and less water-resistant. This can pose a serious threat if you are experiencing a series of tropical storms or your roof is in the middle of a hurricane. 

Proper Prevention

If you live in an area that’s regularly affected by tropical storms or hurricanes, working on preventing wind damage can be a crucial step. A good way to prevent wind damage is to make sure that there are ceiling strips installed on the back of your shingles. When strips are installed with shingle replacements, you can make sure that the shingles will be bonding to the roof accordingly. Living in an area like Florida, it’s easy to apply these strips and make sure that they are going to adhere to your roof. 

You could also consider using roof cement as shingles were installed or choosing to use hurricane straps in the event that you are expecting high winds. Securing your roofing materials with the help of high wind straps will help them to stand up in any form of weather and prevent damage that may occur. 

If you notice that high winds have affected your roof or some of your roofing materials have fallen into disrepair, you should notify a contractor immediately. Take a look at any homeownership warranties or any warranties regarding your roofing systems if you are going to work on roofing replacements. Use only approved contractors throughout the process. 

Contact us today if you are in need of assistance with your roofing materials after high winds. We can perform an official inspection and assist with the process of your roofing repairs.