Fort Worth Roofing: Article About Wind Damage and Roofs
As the top weather protection structure on a home, Fort Worth Roofing is designed to resist weather damage. However, the wind can be a very unpredictable weather element. The wind can hit a roof from any direction, come in gusts, hit a roof at high speeds and blow items onto roofs that can create damage.
Asphalt shingles are designed to adhere to each other when installed. When the warm sun heats the asphalt, the shingles will become adhered. If the shingles have been improperly installed or the weather has not been warm enough to heat the asphalt, the shingles are at risk of being torn off the roof during a windstorm. Asphalt shingles vary in resistance to wind damage as shingles are classified for their ability to withstand high winds. Homeowners living in especially windy areas should ask their professional roofing contractor to help them make a good choice for their home.
Roofs that are old or have become brittle due to exposure to heat and cold are also susceptible to wind damage. The shingles can become very fragile and the pressure of the wind or objects such as tree branches can quickly do damage.
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The edges of a roof are particularly susceptible as they are more exposed to the wind and are also likely to be closer to any nearby tree branches.
The shape of the roof and the direction it faces will also have an impact on a roof's ability to withstand strong winds. Though general wind direction can largely be predicted in most areas, a microclimate may account for variations in standard weather patterns. For example, consider the strong changes in the wind pattern a person can feel when walking down an urban street on a windy day. The wind may seem to be nothing more than a breeze until a person rounds the corner of a building and is hit with a strong gust. Geographical features such as hills, rivers and manmade objects such as buildings can affect wind pressure. The home's neighbors and neighborhood roofing contractors will be good resources should detailed information be necessary.
Good maintenance is the key to ensuring a roof can survive strong winds. The shingles should be in good shape, and flashing should be well secured. A homeowner should take a close look at the roof for damage following any windy weather. It is also important to check the gutters, as the wind can bring down many leaves, twigs and conifer needles that can quickly clog gutters and lead to long term water damage.