Roofing systems– especially roofing systems on older houses that do not satisfy the most recent building regulations– are particularly vulnerable to water seepage and wind damage. However, roof contractors advise on taking the necessary steps to safeguard your roof from storm damage, and eventually help decrease your insurance premiums.
Roof Inspection Before A Storm Hits
Whenever winds above 155 MPH hits any roof, it will sustain damage to your roofing system. These winds can manage roofing shingles, tiles, and even the roof deck underneath. A properly maintained roofing system is able to withstand high winds.
Begin by inspecting the surface area of your roofing. If you are afraid of heights, you can employ an expert to perform roof inspection.
Try to find missing or loose shingles or roofing system tiles. Pay specific focus on the side of the roofing. Try to also inspect nails spacing that keeps the shingles in place and roofing deck underneath. The nails need to have about 4 inches of space along edges. It is best to utilize nails to protect the roofing deck to the rafters.
You can also check the roofing system from the within the attic too. Try to find points of light showing on the roofing system. This can expose spaces that can allow wind and water. Take a look at the trusses for nail tips showing, which suggest that the plywood roofing deck may not be properly safeguarded.
Protect Your Roof From Wind Damage
Roof contractors share these easy and affordable methods to make your roofing system less prone to damage because of strong winds:
- Change missing out nails in your shingles or at the points that the roofing system deck links to the rafters.
- Put roof cement to the edges of shingles, utilizing a caulking device.
- A roofing professional can also set up metal “cyclone” clips that link the roofing to the house’s walls from the within. Clips are low-cost however challenging to retrofit in an existing house since the area to work is typically restricted.
Gable roofs that have vertical walls on each end– are particularly susceptible to wind. Wood braces that connect to the rafters at the ends of gable roofing add stability. You can also secure the vents at the ends of the inverted V-shaped roofs system when a typhoon is heading in the same direction to keep pressure from developing inside the house. A hip roofing that’s formed like a pyramid withstands cyclone winds better.
If you are in need of a roof inspection, call Florence Roofing Experts so we can send out a roofing contractor immediately.
Florence Roofing Experts
2117-B W. Palmetto Street #103
Florence, SC 29501