Central Texas is famous for its unpredictable weather. On some days, you might need the heat in the morning and the air conditioning in the afternoon. A beautiful spring morning can evolve into a stormy afternoon that brings hail or torrential rains. Strong, gusty winds can manifest when there is not a cloud in the sky. Unfortunately, storms sometimes cause roof damage, and it is not uncommon for the roof to be so badly compromised that the interior contents suffer as well. If you want to make your roof storm-resistant, the following tips might help.
Storm Resistance Starts at Installation
Whether the project is new construction or a replacement roof, a storm-resistant roof begins with the installation. For maximum wind resistance, fasten the decking to the roof trusses with ring shank nails. These nails feature shanks that resemble screws, and they can provide up to twice the holding power of traditional nails.
Once the decking has been secured, the next layer should be a strong underlayment that is fastened properly to the deck. Underlayment needs to be applied according to the manufacturer’s instructions regarding overlap, fasteners or other specifications. Should a shingle or metal roof panel blow off, the interior will still be protected by the underlayment.
The final step is the application of the roofing materials. Whether you are having asphalt shingles or a metal roofing system installed, make sure that your contractor has experience installing the type of roof that you want. Metal roofing systems require expertise with the specific system, but as asphalt shingles are available in a wide range of styles, even applying shingles is not as simple as it used to be.
Maintenance Helps Enhance a Roof’s Storm Resistance
Preventive maintenance can help enhance your roof’s ability to weather storms. Use a pair of binoculars to inspect your roof periodically from the ground. If shingles or roof panels are moving in a gentle breeze, they will likely blow off in a high wind. Shingles that are cracked or that have lost their granules may shatter if struck by hail damage. Missing shingles increase the likelihood that water will work its way beneath the underlayment and penetrate to the interior. If possible, look for broken or missing flashing that could allow water penetration in a heavy rain. Have any damaged or missing roof components replaced before a storm strikes to reduce the possibility of costly repairs down the road.
Let Alpha Roofing Make Your Roof Storm-Resistant
At Alpha Roofing Industries is a roof contractor that have been helping customers cope with Texas weather for more than 30 years. We can conduct an inspection of your existing roof and advise ways to improve its storm resistance, or we can apply a new or replacement roof that is engineered to provide maximum resistance to inclement weather. We offer many different services, including roof repair, siding installation, chimney repairs, and replacement flashing. Our crews deliver exceptional work at competitive rates. Call us at (512) 777-1086 to request a free quote or complete our online form.
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