If you've lived in an area with mild weather your whole life but are about to move into an area where harsh rain storms, and maybe even hurricanes, are a regular occurrence, it's time to upgrade your roofing knowledge. In a mild climate, you can get away with choosing almost any roofing material, and often escape negative consequences even if your don't maintain your roof properly. In your new home, this won't be the case. This article can tell you what you need to know.
Roofing Choices for the Storm Belt
If you're purchasing a home, it probably already has a roof. However, you'll need to be aware of the best options should you ever need to have that roof replaced. This knowledge is also important if you're building a home in a storm zone. Hopefully, your contractor will know enough not to let you put a weather-prone roof on your home, but it's still best to arm yourself with knowledge. There are three great roofing choices to consider:
Concrete and clay tiles: These roofing materials have been perfected over the years, and current models are able to withstand winds up to 125 miles per hour. The way in which they are applied to the roof can impact how resistant they are to wind and rain, so make sure you have them installed by a roofer who has experience with concrete or clay tiles.
Metal roofs: Metal roofs are supremely durable, with many offering warranties up to 40 years. They're typically made from rust-resistant aluminum. Metal roofs do not all look like they are made from metal -- some are made to look like wooden slabs or shingles.
Three-tab shingles: They're not as durable as metal roofs or concrete tiles, but if you want the look of a traditional asphalt shingle roof, 3-tab shingles are really the only suitable choice for a storm-prone area. This style of shingle latches on to the shingles surrounding it with special tabs. This helps prevent them from blowing off in a storm, though you may still need to have shingles replaced occasionally.
Maintaining a Roof in a Storm Belt
When you think you may have a roofing issue and you live in a storm-prone area, it's essential to call your roofer right away. What starts as a little leak could end up allowing water to gush into your top floor if a storm hits and causes further damage. In addition to leaks, if you witness any of these signs of potential roof damage, call your roofing company promptly:
Paint peeling or bulging on the walls near the ceiling: This is a sign that moisture is getting into the walls. You may have a leak along the edge of the roof. If you have a metal roof, it may be starting to become unattached, allowing water to flow underneath it.
A banging noise when the wind picks up: If you have a metal roof, this noise may mean that it's being picked up and banged down by the wind. Even if you have a shingle or tile roof, a banging noise may indicate that the underlying roofing membrane is coming loose.
Missing shingles or tiles: Many homeowners make the mistake of thinking "it's just one tile, it can wait." Unfortunately, once one tile or shingle falls off, the wind can easily work its way underneath the other shingles, peeling them up off the roof and exposing your home to substantial rain damage.
When you live in a storm zone, your roof is your home's primary protection from the elements. Select the right roof, and act quickly if you sense there's anything wrong with your roof. Doing so will protect your possessions and family members from potential damage and harm. Check out the sites of local roofing companies to learn more.Share
21 April 2015
When was the last time you really looked at your roof? I had no idea how important yearly inspections of my roof was until I found myself footing the bill for a full roof replacement and interior ceiling replacement. Since then, I have learned how to inspect my own roof twice each year. I always inspect it each spring after the harsh winter elements have gone away and again in the fall before winter weather sets in. You can use the information compiled on my website to inspect the roof on your home and make the small repairs that will save you from full roof replacement.