Just like fire and water, wind is a force of nature that is impossible to stop. No matter what is done to prevent it from rearing its ugly head, it will always present challenges for roofers and builders to search for the most resistant methods to such damage. Therefore, when it comes to preventing wind damage that is rated by insurance companies as being the costliest and most frequent damage sustained by homes due to storms, it is wise to stay abreast of new technology as it is developed. Being well-informed about newer products and construction methods helps to ensure that everything is being done to preserve any investment.
Application and Installation
Most advances in wind-resistant roofing have occurred in the areas of application and installation of material. There have been newer, more durable asphalt shingles and building systems introduced to the market; much research and testing has been done on adhesives, nailing techniques and the effect of sloppy workmanship on all of these things. The products that are available today have been tested and approved for use in certain regions and under certain building codes, including high wind situations; however, if incorrectly installed, even these products may fail.
To help ensure that buildings have proper roofs installed, the analysis of structures, materials and building methods are done in laboratory settings to find the right combination of construction, pitch and material that will work best. This testing provides accurate detail as to what will perform better in various situations. When everything is done according to plan, a roof should stand up to the durability of all its parts, which is the goal.
Once mistakes are made, such as improper tacking spots for shingles or adhesives not being prepped and correctly applied, the entire outlook for a building covering can change. Nailing shingles just a few millimeters off of the ideal location can mean the loss of an entire roof during a wind storm. Without the proper adhesive strength, or if the adhesive is compromised due to poor curing or adhesion, there might as well be no adhesive material at all. Even though such things may seem like minute details, it is actually the exact details on which the integrity of the entire upper structure relies, with the weakest part of the structure dictating the final resulting strength.
When looking at new roof installation or repairing a damaged one, areas with a high risk for wind damage must be closely examined. Learning about area building code requirements is a good place to start to understand what must be done to ensure building top strength. It is always possible that a current roof does not adhere to newer code standards, making upgrading a smart idea. Knowing what materials are the best for an area is important as well.
The next thing to be done is to find a reputable contractor to inspect the roof and give an opinion about its condition and whether any updating is necessary. This part of the project is crucial, as only a roofer who is familiar with the region can understand that workmanship will determine how well a roof stands up against extreme weather conditions such as high wind.
Hiring a contractor who is knowledgeable about local building codes and understands wind resistant technology is the best insurance that anyone can take against the effects of wind damage to a roof!