How Wind Affects Roof Storm Damage

How Wind Affects Roof Storm DamageHigh winds and dangerous storms are a common sight in Florida; year after year residents deal with hurricane season and the threat it poses to their home and roof. Hurricanes are incredibly destructive and can cause extensive damage to all parts of your roof. From torn shingles, ripped gutters, and even debris flying into your roof, there is no shortage of threats to your roof during a hurricane. The strong winds of a hurricane have attributes that can really increase the damage done to roofing systems. There are many considerations that are made when designing roofing systems for commercial and residential roofing and the types of materials that are going to be placed on a roof. Roofing manufacturers take these attributes into consideration when trying to prevent roof storm damage.

Wind Speed

Wind speed often dictates the damage that can occur on roofs. When we consider the context of a storm, it’s often measured at the height that it is above the ground. As a storm becomes stronger it also becomes much faster. The wind speed relative to the roof and the direction that the wind is coming from will help to determine the ideal types of roofing materials for the area. If your roof is on a slope for example, the wind will typically come from below the slope or strike down at your property from above. 

Wind Load

Wind load is just one small aspect of attributes that can change the nature of your roofing system. Wind load is the force exerted by the wind based on the air density. The uplift is the force that roofing manufacturers prepare the most for. When wind pulls like this it is notorious for causing extensive damage like removing shingles or tiles. This is why it can be so important to find a way to manage these residential roofing systems and account for damages.

Wind Resistance in Roofing

As these two main attributes are often measured and they can affect your home extensively, a roofing contractor will check into the size and the shape of your roof to determine how it will withstand high wind. Wind resistance can be increased when designing materials; it is important to find a contractor that only works with high quality materials to ensure that your roof is as protected as possible.

If you are facing the chance that your roof could face high winds, preparedness is also a big aspect of keeping your roof safe. There are a number of excellent products including hurricane straps, tarps and more that you can use to keep your roof at its best. When it comes to your roofing materials, it’s also important to consider talking to a contractor that can deliver the best in wind resistance ratings and specs on the products that they are going to install. Finding a company that is extremely affordable and knowledgeable will make sure that your roof repairs and replacements are done efficiently and effectively!

Contact us today if you’d like to learn more information about the best types of roofing products that we can install to keep your roof safe in high winds.