Factors for Evaluating Your Roof
If you live in an area that tends to have a lot of wild weather, there are numerous considerations when it comes to choosing the best roofing material for wind. How long will your roof last before it needs to be replaced? Will it hold up during natural disasters?
You also have to assure that the existing structure can support the weight of the materials and that it will drain properly. If you prefer eco-friendly materials, that is another consideration when making your choice.
If you aren’t sure of local building codes and housing guidelines, those are additional deliberations. Last but not least, you have to consider your budget because there is a wide range of price options.
The design of your home can reduce the wind load on the roofing system. A hip-style roof with a 30-degree slope is also suggested if you live in an area prone to wind.
More Tips for a Solid Roof
Get the underlayment right. A wind-resistant roofing material won’t help you very much if the decking system below isn’t any good. When having a new roof installed, make sure that rotted or damp wood is removed and that particleboard is replaced with stronger, heavier plywood. Then, make sure that ring-shanked nails no more than 6 inches apart are used for fastening. Standard roofing felt on top of the underlayment can help make it more durable and moisture-resistant. Protect roof vents, soffit vents and other secondary systems from uplift as well to avoid creating vulnerabilities for your roof and home.
Understand that fasteners matter. No matter what kind of roof you install, nails work better than staples. Some states have even banned roof staples. For the best possible strength on an asphalt roof, considering asking for six nails per shingle instead of four. These should be ring-shanked, 8D nails with water-resistant gaskets around them for the best possible results and to keep your roof from becoming a victim of your next windstorm.
Read more here: 5 Smart Tips For Choosing The Best Roof For High Winds
This is a video that shows the effects of 70 miles per hour winds on an asphalt shingle roof as compared to a composite material that is made specifically for high winds. It’s pretty easy to judge which one looks more durable:
Obviously, if you live where there is potential for severe winds, regular asphalt shingles might not be the best choice. Living along the Front Range, and especially in the Boulder Canyon, you should probably consider upgraded roofing materials because the elevation tends to increase the Chinook mountain winds.
Wind conditions can affect homeowners almost anywhere, and insurance will usually cover the damages. However, the warranty on the materials is another point in question as discussed in the following post:
Watch the Warranty
A full warranty covers replacement of defective materials, while a materials warranty offers prorated coverage. Most warranties include full reimbursement for materials and installation for a limited time—up to 10 years for asphalt shingles and 50 years for fake slate and steel roofing we’ve seen. Generally, none of the warranties cover damage from winds above 85 mph. Nor do they cover faulty installation; ask for a separate labor warranty from the installer. Save all receipts and invoices.
See the full post here: Best Roofing Buying Guide
When the time comes to replace your roof, it would be a good opportunity to contact a Denver roofer to get their input on what your options are. Be sure to read the small print on the contract before signing and ask plenty of questions.