While many homeowners only have to worry about the rain destroying their roof, if you live in an area with lots of high winds, you also need to find a roofing material that won't fly off in heavy winds gusts. You can choose from many types of roofing materials, but if you want to prevent damage and injury during wind, check out these types of roofs that are great in high-wind areas.
Fiberglass Asphalt Shingles
In the past, organic asphalt shingles were commonly used, but they stopped being manufactured in about 2008, largely because they aren't great for the environment and they aren't fire-resistant. Today, fiberglass shingles are more commonly used when you what an asphalt roof.
These types of shingles are actually more affordable than organic shingles, costing about $60 to $120 per roofing square (which covers 100 square feet). They are also one of the cheapest roofing options when compared to other roofing materials like metal, clay, slate, wood, etc. As an added bonus, they are also fire-resistant.
If you do choose fiberglass shingles, talk to your roofer about installing them for high winds. You may need more nails to properly secure the shingles so they don't become loose in the wind. Once the roof has been installed, you'll want to occasionally check for loose shingles.
Also, if your home gets a lot of rain, moss may begin to grow, which can impede drainage and increase the risk of water damage. So you should watch for moss as well.
When installed correctly, metal roofing can also be great against wind. Metal roofs aren't quite as common as asphalt, but they are still an affordable option. Depending on the quality and type of metal, you may only pay $3 to $18 per square foot.
You may be able to save some money if the roofer can install the new metal roof over an old asphalt roof. If there is damage to the underlying structure, however, this may not be a good idea. Hidden damage will impact how well the roof is installed, and if it isn't installed well, it won't be able to withstand winds. A loose piece of metal roofing in a windstorm can become a major hazard, so always make sure your roofer is skilled at installing metal roofs in windy areas.
As with fiberglass asphalt shingles, you'll need to check for loose spots before and/or after potential windstorms. Metal roofs do a great job of preventing water from penetrating, and they are not prone to moss or rot. Although, they are susceptible to scratches and dings, especially in high-wind areas where debris may hit the roof.
Clay tile roofs are common in hot climates. This is because the clay used to make the tiles does a great job of blocking heat from the sun, preventing radiant heat. The design of the tiles also helps keep the roof cooler because it allows for air to circulate between the tiles. Clay tiles are also actually good for windy climates.
As long as the tiles are installed correctly, they should resist high winds. Ask your roofer about installing them with a foam adhesive, which will create a stronger hold to prevent tiles from coming loose. Clay tiles are also an affordable option, costing about $7 to $10 per square foot or $10 to $30 per square foot for custom tiles, according to costhelper.com.
Clay tiles don't require much attention to keep them looking great, but it is always a good idea to ensure the tiles are properly secured before and after a storm. Debris that hits the roof hard could cause some tiles to crack, and clay tiles are prone to growing roof algae.
If you live in a windy climate, some roofing materials better than others. Above all else, it's important your roof is properly and professionally installed. If you would like more information about various roofing materials for windy climates, contact us at Whittle's Roofing Co. Inc. today.