Protective Roofing Plans For Areas Prone To Storms

Posted on: 2 December 2017

Do you live in hurricane alley or tornado alley? Has the last two or three decades changed the way you look at storms, or are you a first-time home buyer wondering why older homes lack protective materials when storms are a yearly, regular issue? A lot has changed in just a few years as weather patterns shift, but it's not difficult to pick and place materials that can protect your building throughout multiple homes--or at least be good enough to convince your insurance company to give a discount. Here are a few preventative and protective measures for homes in the shifting path of modern storm seasons.

Specific Shingles And Tacking For A Secure Fit

Some homes can get away with a few bags of basic, thin shingles. If you choose budget shingles in a hurricane or tornado-prone area, you're asking for the skies to be filled with black sticky notes as your shingles are ripped away from the roof.

Shingles in storm-prone areas need more weight. Composite shingles are a great choice, because they're heavier shingle products that use multiple materials. They don't bend nearly as much as standard shingles, and it will take a combination of a tornado being on top of a home and the shingles being knocked out of their secure placement to pull anything away.

Don't rely on tacks along. Composite roofing shingles use a combination of a drip edge that prevents water from getting under the shingles and a layer of tar paper to stick to the roof. You will also use a staple gun and nail gun to get the job done efficiently. 

Slate And Slab Roofing

If you don't want your roof to go anywhere, use heavy rocks. Stone slabs or slate roofing can protect your home by being too heavy for most storms to lift. If the storm is able to take off the slabs, you have much bigger problems than losing a roof.

There are multiple stone slab materials that can be used, but look for something water resistant and with decent crack prevention. Some stones crack easily because they're too rigid and inflexible, while slate rock and similar minerals can absorb some impact due to their molecular makeup and ability to stay strong while absorbing moisture.

Don't rush to get a slab roofing supply before contacting a contractor. You need to make sure that your roof can handle the burden of having heavy stones on top, and this consideration is more than just the stone weight. Although stone slabs are convenient because of their slick qualities that can keep snow from building up excessively, moisture and other burdening issues can make the slabs too heavy for some homes.

Contact a team of roofing contractors, such as from 5 Star Roofing , to discuss your options before the next storm or surprise tornado arrives.