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Roofing Contractor: 4 Ways To Make Your New Roof Stormproof

by Robert Larson

Storms, strong winds, and hurricanes will always put your roofing system to the test. You'll need a resilient roofing system to withstand forces and impact from the harsh weather elements. A roof replacement project presents the perfect opportunity to try out improved roofing systems that will make your new roof stormproof. Your roofer might recommend the following solutions to make the new system withstand storms. 

1. Invest in Superior Materials

Some roofing materials are more resilient than others. Despite exposure to tough winds, some materials can withstand storms. Examples of reliable materials include metal sheets, clay tiles, and slate. Depending on the state of your house's foundation and structure, your contractor will recommend the best materials. Slate and clay tiles are heavy and therefore need firm structures. Your roofing contractor can help with the installations to ensure the materials are stable enough to withstand storms.

2. Appropriate Nail Placement 

Sometimes, roofing tiles get dislodged from the roof due to improper nail placement. How and where the roofer nails the shingles will determine your roof's resilience to high winds. Nails that are overdriven or bent may puncture and fracture the area around the entry point on the shingle. This significantly reduces your material's resistance to winds. Furthermore, roofing materials require more nails to stick firmly to the roof's surface during storms. The roofing contractor will help you choose the right fasteners and determine where to place them. Proper placement will boost your roof's resilience even when working with asphalt shingles. 

3. Avoid Overhanging Designs 

Your older roof design might be to blame for its weakness against storms. Storm forces can displace the entire system when you have a design with numerous overhanging sections. Your roofer might recommend reducing the roof cover overhanging your house. If you are worried about water runoff, seamless gutters and drip edges will do the job. This should help enhance roofing system stability.  

4. Replace the Roofing Structure

The roof's underlayment is critical in protecting your roof and house. If you dread the image of an entire roofing system flying off into the air during a hurricane or storm, you should inspect the underlayment too. Ensure that damp and rotten wood and materials are replaced during the project. Let the roofing contractor use heavy and dry wood to create a stable roof structure that can withstand storms. 

Does the thought of storm damage frighten you? Your roof replacement project provides a great time to make the upgrades above and make your roof stormproof. Your roofing contractor should help you actualize your goal and protect your house against future storms.

Contact a local roofer to learn more.