As durable and long-lasting asphalt as shingles are, they are not completely immune to the effects of the wind. Strong winds can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars worth of damage to your roof so it is important that you understand how susceptible your roof is to wind damage in order to effectively preempt these expenses.
Your roof is only as good as the installers behind it. Needless to say, a roof that wasn’t installed properly is more vulnerable to wind damage. For instance, an inexperienced roofer may use improper nailing techniques or create a large overhang, which provides the surface area on which wind upthrust can act, making the possibility of wind damage more likely. If you want a sturdy roof that is better able to withstand the wind, only work with reputable roofing companies.
Roofing materials also play a huge role on how strong your roof is. Shingles are classified in different categories depending on their wind resistance. Sheathing comes in different thicknesses and determines nailing depth. The deck material also matters. Thicker decks are stronger and have a greater wind resistance.
In addition to having your roof professionally installed, it should also be maintained properly. Leaving damaged sections of your roof unrepaired, for instance, will allow wind to get under it and cause major damage.
As with most things, roofs weaken over time. Your asphalt shingles will lose their flexibility and shed granules as they age, making them more susceptible to all sorts of problems. If your roof is nearing the end of its serviceable life, it will be more prone to wind damage.
Whether you’re dealing with wind-blown shingles, failing flashing or a pesky leak, you can count on Christian Brothers Roofing to jump quickly into action and restore your roof to its original condition. For reliable roof repair services, give us a call at (270) 715-1999, or fill out our contact form to set up an appointment today.