Wind Attributes and How They Affect the Roof

By Stacy Mellete

It always makes sense to be aware of the various dangers weather disturbances can pose to your roofing system. After all, storms are highly common in our local area. Hurricanes, in fact, can be so destructive that shingles can get torn off and parts of the decking can be pulled apart from residential and commercial structures.

Strong winds have certain attributes that contribute to the extent of damage that can be inflicted on roofs. Affordable Roofing Systems, your local residential and commercial roofing contractor, explains two of them here.

Wind Speed

Speed is one of the main aspects when it comes to wind damage on roofs. In the context of storms, it is often measured at a point 33 feet above the ground. The faster it is, the stronger it becomes. However, as it moves relative to the roof, the effect is not uniform. The direction of the wind also comes into play here, as well as the roof’s shape and location.

Wind Load

Wind speed may be a significant contributor, but that alone is not enough to determine the extent of the damage to a roofing system. Another aspect that must be taken into account is the wind load, or the force being placed by the wind speed and its air density onto a structure. Uplift is the most common type of force being exerted on the home as this affects the residential roofing system.

Wind-Resistant Roofing

Both attributes can affect not just your roof, but also your home. As such, it is important to consider the size and shape of both and how well they can withstand high winds. When it comes to roofing materials, you can find those that have the best ratings in terms of impact and high wind resistance. For this, you can always turn to Affordable Roofing Systems.

We are the name to trust for storm damage restorations and roof replacements.

We offer a wide range of roofing materials from GAF that are known for their durability and resistance to weather. Call (813) 542-8462 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.

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