Your roof works day and night to provide your home with protection from the elements. Wind resistance is one of the most important things to consider when it comes to your roof’s overall performance and reliability. Knowing the factors that can affect wind resistance is key to preventing wind-related damage.
In this post, Patriot Roofing LLC discusses the factors that influence a roof’s wind resistance.
While roofs are made to last for a long time, they are still constantly worn down by wear and tear and the effects of time. Roofs have an estimated service life, and the number of years they can optimally perform depends on the materials used and how the roof was designed. As they age, they will be more vulnerable to wind damage. If you live in an area that experiences strong winds, you should regularly check your roof for wind damage.
The way your roof was designed and installed are factors that also play a major role in its wind resistance. Proper nailing is necessary because the more secure your shingles are, the less likely they are to be blown off. Additionally, the amount of wind that passes over and under your roof is affected by its pitch. The more aerodynamic a roof is, the more durable it is when exposed to strong winds. Roofs with pitches of 4/12 — rising 4 inches every 12 inches of run — are known to be the most resistant to wind.
The materials used on your roof are also important. The thickness of the roof decking and the material used contributes to wind resistance. The thicker and stronger the roof decking, the better. Also, there are many types of shingles with different properties, and there are certain classifications for wind resistance. For example, class D shingles can withstand wind speeds of up to 90 mph.
Since 2012, Patriot Roofing LLC has been providing locals with high-quality residential and commercial roofing services. Our roofers are trained in handling all types of roofing concerns and are always happy to help you. To learn more about our services, call us at (405) 217-0473 or fill out our contact form.