Why You Need To Protect Your Roof From Strong Winds

Posted on: 31 August 2022

Strong winds can be very damaging to a roof and can occasionally rip shingles off of a roof. When it is raining and windy, the rain can saturate your roof and rain can penetrate areas of your roof that aren't resistant to water infiltration. But even on days that aren't rainy, strong winds can be highly damaging.  

Why Strong Winds Damage Roofs 

Part of the reason why wind is so damaging is that it doesn't travel on a consistent path. Instead, it swirls and moves in circular patterns. This can cause damage to the roof when it is also affected by variations in temperature. When wind hits the side of the building, it can create uplift pressure. This pressure is the greatest at the corners of the roofline. The pressure is also very high at the edges of the roof. 

When the wind is traveling over the roof, it can create negative suction pressure that can suck shingles off the roof. This is most likely to occur in areas that are known for having a lot of hurricanes and tornadoes. 

How to Protect Your Roof

Fortunately, regardless of the type of materials that are used to construct your roof, the design of your roof can reduce the odds that strong winds will damage it and rip the shingles off. Roofs that are more aerodynamic, such as four-sided hip roofs, are better able to resist damage.

For your roof to be resistant, the shingles will need to be installed properly. For example, you will need to use the right nailing technique when nailing a shingle to your roof. The fasteners need to be strong enough to hold the shingles in place. The nails need to be nailed in the right locations. To make sure that the roof is prepared to resist strong winds, you'll need to have it designed by a professional roofing construction contractor.

Roof Maintenance

Even if you already have a roof, it's important to make sure that it is properly maintained and that any damage is repaired. Otherwise, the roof will be much more vulnerable to strong winds and rain. For example, you will need to replace missing shingles and missing flashing. 

Wind-Resistant Shingles

Asphalt shingles are among the least expensive shingles available. However, even with asphalt shingles, there are shingles designed specifically to resist wind. They are tested and can be installed on your roof by a roofing construction contractor today.

To learn more, contact a company like Elsa Roofing Company, Inc.