Gahanna Roofing: Article About Damage Resistant Roofing
Severe weather is a fact of life for Ohioans. With summer comes strong thunderstorms and the possibility of tornadoes. Both of these types of storms can do severe damage to a roof.
As you consider purchasing a new roof, you'll probably spend a lot of time thinking about choosing long-lasting materials and getting the best warranty. However, there are other measures you can take while your roof is under construction that will prevent or minimize the damage caused by severe weather. An experienced Gahanna roofing contractor can help you implement these strategies.
The structural design of your roof is a major factor in how well your home will be able to withstand severe weather events. It could mean the difference between losing a few shingles during a tornado or losing the entire roof. Studies show that a hip roof is significantly better at resisting wind damage and much less likely to be torn off a home during a tornado than a traditional gable roof. If you are in the process of building a new home, choosing a hip roof will help ensure the structural integrity of your property and could even lower your homeowner's insurance rates. In some cases, a gable roof can be replaced by a hip roof during a re-roofing project.
A roofer from Ohio Roofing Solutions of Gahanna would be happy to answer any question you have about insulation or windows.
Your roofer will let you know if your home is a good candidate for a hip roof conversion.
Another helpful strategy to protect your home from high winds and storms is to install hurricane clips on your roof's trusses. Hurricane clips are pieces of metal that join the trusses to the studs in a home's outer walls. These clips allow the force of the wind trying to tear your house apart to be countered by the outer walls. The clips will effectively anchor the roof to your home's foundation. These items cost less than a dollar each, and using them with your new roof could save you thousands of dollars over time.
Hail commonly accompanies the severe thunderstorms that produce tornadoes. Even if your roof remains firmly attached to your house, it may be damaged by falling hailstones. Covering your roof with an impact resistant material can ward off expensive roof repairs and increases in your homeowner's insurance premiums. You may even receive a discount for installing these types of materials on your roof. Most manufacturers of asphalt shingles make an impact-resistant variety for homeowners who live in hail-prone areas.