When high winds are expected in an area, most people worry about the effects of downed trees and patio furniture that is blown around. Yet wind can also have a profound effect on your home’s roof. The damaging effects of wind are impressive and should not be underestimated. Have your roof inspected by a qualified Oklahoma City roofing contractor after a severe windstorm to be sure that it is still safe and water tight.
Just as the wind can lift an airplane and carry it through the sky, it can also lift the roof from a house. While it would take hurricane force winds to lift most roofs, it does not take as much force to lift shingles out of place. As the wind tears across the roof, shingles that are already curled or torn are more susceptible to being ripped off by the force. Proper maintenance and regular inspections can help prevent shingles from being torn away in a storm.
High winds can pick up items off the ground and send them sailing into the air. Umbrellas from patio furniture and children’s toys left outside can become dangerous projectiles. Smashing into the roof at direct angles, they can cause damage to shingles. Tearing, damaged edges, loss of the necessary granules and a complete loss of some shingles can result. While this kind of damage is hard to prevent, it should still be repaired as soon as possible after the storm.
Get the Right Rating
Shingles are rated for different wind levels. Oklahoma City roofers know the importance of choosing shingles that are designed to withstand higher winds. A class 4 high impact shingle can better withstand the high winds that Oklahoma City can experience. These shingles are designed to withstand high winds better than traditional shingles. In addition to being built to higher standards, they are also designed to be nailed in with six nails. The price is higher for these shingles, but they can make a difference in the next windstorm.
Roofing in OKC should be done by experienced professionals. At Robbins Roofing, Inc. we have more than 60 years of combined experience. If you need a new roof, we can help you make the best decisions for the weather in your area. We can also take care of repairs that may be required after a storm. Visit us on Facebook to discover how we can help you recover from high wind damage.