Years of intense storms will gradually take a toll on your roof and in some severe cases, a storm can destroy your roof completely. Installing storm proof roofing is one of the best ways to prevent or at least minimize any lasting damage.
If you’re considering installing this type of roofing, you might be wondering how it works and how it differs from traditional roofing – this is what we unpack in this article.
How Does Storm Proof Roofing Work?
Strong storm winds are generally the number one factor that contributes to roof damage, even more so if you live in an area that sees a lot of hurricanes. Even if your roof is brand new, this doesn’t mean it can’t be affected by strong winds. And if you are dealing with a much older roof, there’s even more cause for concern.
So, how does storm proof roofing work?
The power of this specialized roofing lies in the underlayment. The better the underlayment of your roof can withstand the forces of nature, the more resilient it is. Shingles are certainly one of the least reliable roofing materials, which makes them more susceptible to upheaval during storms. However, even tiles and metal roofing can lift and if it does, your underlayment needs to be storm proof.
When a professional installs storm proof roofing, they use an underlayment that is self-sealing, which means there’s no need to worry about the wind catching onto any loose edges. It also means that water won’t get through any gaps. This specific underlayment is very sticky, which is why it is able to seal so well. Your roofing installer will even seal the areas around the roof fasteners so that any nails or staples don’t leave room for water seepage either.
Is Storm Proof Roofing Definitely Necessary?
If you live in an area that regularly experiences potentially damaging storms, storm proof roofing makes a lot of sense. It’s your best form of protection against harsh elements and ensures that any hurricane or storm that pushes through your area causes little to no damage.
Let’s start with the fact that the wood beneath the underlayment of your roof is generally made of plywood, which can be easily damaged by water – storm proof roofing prevents water from getting in at all – helping you avoid costly repairs. In general, it also prevents water from damaging the rest of your home.
Another benefit of storm proof roofing is that most brands are UV-resistant, which means the underlayment can be left exposed for at least 3 months. This way, if your roof is damaged by a storm and a roofing contractor can’t reach you in time, your home is still sealed and protected from the elements.
You may have been avoiding storm proofing your roof because of the additional cost, but the cost is well worth it when compared to the time, frustration, and additional costs a damaging storm could cause.
Get in touch with us on (305) 925-0818 to discuss your options and protect your home before storm season hits.