Wind damage is one of the most common types of damage seen after a storm. While nothing is going to totally protect your home from raging winds, like during hurricanes and tornados, there are things that you can do to protect your home during the rest of the time. Wind damage occurs when the wind can get under a portion of your roof, so stopping that from occurring is key. Here are some secrets to stop some wind damage from occurring at your home.
A monolithic dome uses the least amount of materials to build, and it stands up to the wind better. Researchers in France put a variety of model houses of different shapes in a wind tunnel, and they found that houses with round shapes stood up better than those with square corners. When you stop and think about it, this fact makes sense because round buildings do not stop the wind, but they may direct it in a new direction. The thing that makes monolithic dome homes extremely wind resistant is their double curve as they have both vertical and horizontal curves.
If you cannot build a monolithic dome right now, then make sure to consider the slope of your roof. Slopes between 3:12 to 6:12 are the most wind resistant. The great news is that when single-story homes are constructed with this slope, there is plenty of additional space to add additional living area. Additionally, the more panels that your home has, the more your roof will withstand high winds because the load is more evenly distributed. Therefore, hip roofs are more wind resistant than gable-style roofs.
If you have recently lost your roof to the wind, consider carefully your choice of decking materials when you hire a roofing contractor in Longwood to install a new one. Opting for 7/16-inch or 19/32-inch plywood. While oriented strand board (OSB) roof decking is as strong, when it gets wet, it stays wet longer which can lead to your roof leaking more. It is best to apply the plywood with special hurricane nails spaced three to six inches apart. These nails have a unique design that keeps them from pulling out easily.
There are two different measures that you need to consider when choosing roofing materials. The first is impact resistance as measured by the Underwriter’s Laboratory Standard 2218. Select options that have been rated class 4. If you are opting for a shingle roof, then choose those that are rated Class H on the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association as these shingles are designed to withstand winds up to 150 miles per hour. While Dehlinger Construction hopes to be your roofing contractor in Longwood, make sure to specify these ratings regardless of which contractor that you choose.
Following these tips can help you build or remodel a home that stands up better to high winds. Get started today because you never know when the next high wind will blow in.