Charleston is not an abnormally windy city. However, it is prone to hurricanes, which can send powerful and dangerous gusts sweeping through the city. Your roof takes the brunt of the storm and can be significantly impacted by these strong and long-lasting winds. As a homeowner, it’s important to know how to protect your roof from potential wind damage!
Are you in need of a roof inspection? Call in our team at Homewerx for the job! Our experienced contractors will ensure that your roof is in top condition for any weather conditions that come your way.
Know the Vulnerable Areas
There are some areas of your roof that are more prone to wind damage than others. In particular, the edges of your roof are where most wind damage occurs. Also, if there are loose materials on your roof, the wind can get below it and push it up. This makes more room for the next gust and can start a chain reaction of the peeling back of shingles and the interior materials of your roof. Wind damage can start very small, but over time, your roof can be negatively impacted by repeated exposure to it.
You can do the next step in protecting your roof from wind damage without ever leaving the ground. Giving your roof a thorough evaluation can help you take the right step towards protecting it from the next storm. As you walk the perimeter of your home, check to make sure your gutters are secure. These could become airborne during a heavy wind storm and damage your home or the houses around you.
One or two missing shingles may not compromise the integrity of your roof. But, if you have large areas where the shingles are missing, curling, or warped, a strong wind could blow them away and expose the interior materials of your roof to wind and rain. The type of shingles you have play a significant role in how the wind impacts your roof:
- The Owens Corning TruDefinition® Duration® Shingles with Surenail® Technology last longer, look better, and are more resistant to high winds. They also offer two times the bond strength of a usual single.
- Solar roof shingles are made from a material that can stand firm through high-speed hail impact and very high winds.
- Concrete roofing tiles are solid and durable. They can resist damage from fire, wind, and heat.
- Metal roof shingles will not catch fire and are highly wind-resistant.
Trim Low Hanging Branches
Look for low-hanging branches that could sweep against your roof if a strong wind were to come along. Trim these branches and pay close attention to the trees that are close to your house.
Another thing you can do to make sure your roof is ready to handle Charleston’s next big storm is checking the attic. You can tell a lot about the condition of your roof from the inside. Look for leaks or water damage. While you’re up there, make sure your roof sheathing, which is often plywood, is adequately secured to your roof trusses. If you are not sure what to look for, it is recommended to call roofing experts to help you carefully analyze your roof from the inside out.
Be Proactive: Call The Pros
After a thorough observation of your roof from the ground and the attic, it is recommended to call the professionals to get a more up-close-and-personal look at the condition of your roof. Expert roofing contractors from our team at Homewerx will be able to determine weak spots in your roof and help you address these problems before the next storm rolls through. If you have an older roof or a roof that has been damaged by the wind in the past, it is important to have your roof professionally inspected before the next hurricane or heavy storm.
Now that you know how to protect your roof from wind damage, it’s time to take the final step and reach out to the professionals. Contact Homewerx today, and our expert roofing contractors will give your roof a thorough evaluation and point out any weak spots. We look forward to serving you!