Roofing Options For High Winds

Effects of Wind on your Roof

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Damage to your roof due to wind is part of living in Colorado, and especially in the springtime. Today we are having a strong storm go through with snow and wind gusts over 60 mph and you can bet that many roofing companies in Denver are going to receive calls to come fix someone’s wind-ravaged roof. Hail storms in Colorado are another frequent mechanism of destruction this time of year. Hail stones can cause you to have bruised shingles and even holes if it’s a bad hail storm. With this type of weather, the wind is usually a factor when assessing the overall damage, with bent, cracked, and missing shingles. How do different types of roofing materials stand up to wind? Part of the answer depends on how it’s installed, but the grade of roofing material is the main factor. In this post, they weigh the cost, appearance, and durability of three types of affordable roofing materials:
When considering what type of roofing to install, weigh aesthetics against cost. Roofing materials come in varying grades and corresponding prices. Look at the full product range and make a choice based on your budget and needs. For example, you could spend $30,000 for real slate or wood shakes—or get a similar look for much less. Here are the types of roofing to consider.

Asphalt Roofing Shingles

The most popular by far, asphalt shingles are made of fiberglass sandwiched between asphalt and ceramic granules. Relatively light and easy to install, they are a good choice if you’re looking for style at a budget price. They may last 30 years or more but can be vulnerable to high winds. Asphalt roofing comes in two types. Laminated shingles, also known as “architectural” or “dimensional” shingles, are layered, and their thickness and depth make them look more like slate or wood shakes. Three-tab asphalt shingles, though similarly priced, are made in a single layer. They’re flatter and thinner than laminated shingles and didn’t perform as well in past tests. What’s more, falling prices for laminated shingles are helping them grab more and more of the market.

Fake Slate Roofing ShinglesWind damage to asphalt roof

This composite material looks like the real thing, even close up. And it weighs about the same as asphalt, so there’s no need to beef up the roof structure. Made of a variety of compositions, including plastic/polymer, clay, rubber or asphalt, fake slate is slipperier than real slate. (If you live in a snowy climate, consider installing snow guards as well.) Some fake slate may crack under impact or may fade. And it is relatively costly, though not nearly as expensive as slate.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing comes in steel, aluminum, copper, and alloy strips, and in various shapes and textures. Copper is especially expensive. Over time, copper acquires a greenish patina that some people find attractive. Advantages of metal include easy installation and it’s ultra-lightweight, about half the weight of asphalt. And of course metal roofing doesn’t burn. But it can be noisy in a rainstorm. Although the steel strips we tested dented easily, their textured surface hid minor damage quite well. Such roofing effectively reflects the sun’s rays, so it keeps your home cooler in summer—a benefit in hot climates. Make sure you hire a contractor who is familiar with the material. Read more here:  Roofing Buying Guide
The effects of wind on your roof are tougher on areas like corners and around the outside edges. If the wind gets underneath the shingles on the perimeter and loosens them, it begins a domino effect of shingles peeling off.  Once this starts happening, leaks are inevitable. Another issue is falling tree limbs and flying debris that blows across your roof can puncture and scratch the roofing material. This video shows how wind and hail damage is not just hard on the roof material but also the decking and underlayment: During a storm, the roof has basically two barriers for water with the decking and the shingles or tiles. If you live in an area that is prone to high winds, you need to choose carefully so that you avoid expensive repairs to your home or business. A higher grade of fiberglass shingles, clay tiles, or metal roofing is usually your best options for stormy areas.  As long as you select a roofing material suited for your location and an experienced Denver commercial roofing company to install them, your structure will be well protected from Mother Nature’s springtime storms.