Windy Area? Here Are Three Roofing Materials That Will Stay Put!

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In the movies, when a wind storm blows into an area, there's almost always a shot of a roof being ripped off a home. While this is rarely quite as dramatic in real life, high winds can do considerable damage to a roof. Individual shingles or roofing panels can get peeled up and tossed through the yard, or perhaps they'll be loosened just enough to let water seep in underneath them.

But while wind is one of the primary threats to roofing, you don't have to sit through every wind storm hoping that your roof won't blow off. Choose one of these three most wind-resistant roofing materials, and there's a really good chance your roof will weather the storm.

Wind-Resistant Shingles

Lower-end asphalt shingles, like those you commonly see at most home improvement stores, won't last very long in a windy area. They don't adhere very strongly to the layer beneath them, and they tend to be thin. This not only means they can blow off the roof easily due to their light weight, but also that the nails rip out of them easily.

Thankfully, there are specialty asphalt shingles that are resistant to high winds. To find a shingle with adequate wind resistance, just look for its wind-resistance rating. Shingles with a rating of H will withstand winds of up to 150 miles per hour, which is more than adequate in most areas. You should also ensure your roofing contractor has experience installing this style of shingle. There are a few steps they need to follow to keep the shingles in place:

  • Expose the shingles to sufficient sunlight after installation. (This helps activate the sealant).
  • Drive nails straight into the underlayment rather than at an angle.
  • Avoid using roof staples; use nails that reach 3/4 inch into the planking instead.

Clay Tiles

If you live in a hot climate, then clay tiles may be the ideal roofing choice for you. Not only are they resistant to wind, but they don't dehydrate and start peeling in the heat like asphalt shingles sometimes do. Plus, clay tile roofs are quite trendy in coastal areas; your home will blend right in!

Clay tiles are wind-resistant largely because of their weight. They're simply too heavy for most winds to lift off of your roof. It's important to note, however, that your home's foundation is strong enough to support the weight of a tile roof. You'll need to have an engineer look over your home to ensure its sturdiness before having this type of roof installed. 

Metal Roofing

Metal roofs -- particularly those made from large panels -- are also a good choice in windy areas provided they are fixed to the roofing underlayment with screws, rather than with nails. The panels are so large and heavy that it's hard for a gust of wind to lift them or carry them away. Steel is usually the best choice since it is heavier than aluminum. However, if you live near the coast and want a metal roof, you'll need to go with aluminum; steel will corrode too quickly when exposed to the salty air.

Metal roofing tends to be more affordable than the other materials listed in this article. Though it is quite durable, it can be prone to denting in hail storms and it is hard to work on, since it gets slippery when wet. If you have a metal roof, you're best off leaving any repairs to the pros, whereas you might be able to repair a shingle roof yourself.

To learn more about these and other types of roofing materials that won't budge in a big wind storm, contact a local residential roofing service.

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27 April 2017

metal or shingled roofing - what do you choose?

I spent weeks researching metal and shingle roofing to try to figure out what would be the best material to use on my home. I weighed the costs, the length of life, the amount of maintenance required and how well each type would hold up to high winds and strong storms. After compiling all of the information that I needed to make an educated decision about the roofing for my home, I created a blog. This blog is meant to help other homeowners decide which roofing material would be best for their homes now and many years into the future.