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How To Make Your Roof Wind Resistant

Published on December 11th, 2015

Your roof is very likely to be susceptible to damage from the elements, especially if you don’t take care of it or prepare it for the wrath of nature. An unexpected storm can catch you off-guard and cause a whole lot of problems for your roof and your home.

The best way to guard against this is to strengthen your roof and design it in a way that is sure to lessen the chances of it getting damaged by heavy winds. We’ll show you how you can wind-proof your roof.

  • Make sure your structural design is good: You need to carefully consider your home’s floor plan so that you can reduce the wind load on your roof. The best type of floor plans includes the square, hexagonal and octagonal ones, because they help to increase wind resistance. You should also consider having a 30-degree sloped hip-style roof, with more than one slopes to get the best results.
  • Make sure that your roof underlayment is good: Your roof decking system should be in good condition, without rotted or damp wood. To fasten a new plywood decking, you need to ensure that the ring-shanked nails aren’t placed more than 6 inches apart. Also, add standard roofing felt over the underlayment so that it becomes more moisture-resistant and durable.
  • Make sure that you use the right fasteners: Use nails instead of staples and if you can, use six nails per shingles instead of four on an asphalt roof. Make sure that they’re ring-shanked, 8D nails that come with water-resistant gaskets, to ensure the best wind-resistance.
  • Make sure that you lessen on the overhangs so that you don’t get much uplift: The longer the overhang on your roof is, the more likely it is going to lessen your roof’s wind-resistance. Gusts from a storm may be able to lift the roof deck, that’s why it is advised that your roof’s overhang doesn’t extend more than 20 inches. Be careful with extended awnings and add-on porches as well. They act very similarly to overhangs.
  • Make sure that you consider wind-resistant metal roofing as well: Not all roofs are the same. There are some metal roofs that can stand up to wins that are more than 150 miles per hour. It can also have a 40 to 50-year warranty, or more and usually, barely any maintenance is needed.

If you are looking for roofing in Nashville, then you have come to the right place and we can help you with all of your roofing and contracting needs with our certified roofers and contractors in Nashville. We start with an inspection and a free estimate for your roof installation, repair, or replacement. Sometimes storms happen and we are there for you to fix leaky roofs and more. We offer both commercial and residential roofing services for the dynamic communities of Nashville Tennessee and surrounding areas.


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