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Ideal Roofing Materials for High Wind Areas

June 30, 2017

In the event of a hurricane, tornado, or strong winds, roof is the usually first part of the building to bear the brunt. Though nothing can be done to avert a natural calamity, property owners can certainly take certain preventive measures to keep the damages to the minimum, if the Mother Nature unleashes its fury. To begin with, it is important to choose the right roofing material when constructing the roof, and to help you make informed decisions, in this blog post, we share the roofing materials that are ideal for properties in high wind areas. Take a look.

Metal

Metal, though a light roofing material, is better than most of the other options when it comes to wind resistance. Metal roofs are available in different metal choices and alloys including G-60 steel, Galvalume steel – zinc and aluminum coated steel, Galvanized steel – hot-dip zinc galvanized G-90, stone-coated steel, copper, zinc, terne, and stainless steel, with some of the options available capable of withstanding winds of more than 150 miles per hour. A metal roof can last for up to 40 years, which means you don’t need to worry about a replacement for years.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles represent an affordable roofing option for properties in high wind areas. Characterized by easy installation, lightweight, and exceptional fire resistance, heavy-duty asphalt shingles undergo a fan-wind tunnel test that determines their wind-rating specifications. class-D shingles are ideal to be used in areas with winds up to 90 mph, whereas class-G shingles are used in areas with winds up to 120 mph. Class H, the most durable of all, can withstand winds up to 150 mph. Property owners and roofers, however, must not install high-wind rated shingles over old shingles, especially on a flat surface.

Concrete Tiles

The design and construction of concrete tiles lend them high air permeability and help reduce wind stress. Concrete tile roofs are capable of sustaining winds of more than 125 mph. In addition to being fire and hail resistant, the reflectivity and mass of the tiles provide great energy efficiency, resulting in energy savings. It is advisable to install concrete tiles with a foam adhesive to provide greater wind resistance to the roofing system.

Slate

Slate roofs are three times more durable than asphalt shingles; thanks to high water-resistance. The metamorphic rock slate are made under intense pressure and heat that make it exceptionally hard and fireproof. Slate doesn’t flap or bend due to wind pressure, which makes it an ideal roofing material for storm prone regions. Roofers can maximize wind resistance of slate roof with 4-inch headlap, adequate sloping, and solid-wood roof sheathing.

Wrapping Up

In addition to choosing the right material, property owners need to take all possible preventive measures to maintain the endurance of their roofing systems. Hire a reputable roofing contractor to inspect the roof for signs of leak or damage, and if required, do not hesitate in going for a repair or replacement to protect protect the structural integrity of your property. Should you have any questions about roofing systems, get in touch with the roofing experts at Triumph Roofing. You can reach us at  (972) 332-1766, or fill out our contact form and we’ll take it from there.

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