Under extreme weather conditions such as hurricanes, winds can reach speeds of up to 155 mph. These high velocities are strong enough to rip roofs out of their attachments. In fact, after Hurricane Andrew in 1992, a few states made changes to building code regulations to mitigate the damage done by future natural disasters. Even though the Midwest is spared from hurricanes and similar storms, we still experience severe weather. Read on as our roof repair experts share how roofs are now designed to better resist wind, rain and hail damage.
In addition to these federal requirements, there are a few preparations that you, as a homeowner, can make to protect your roof from suffering major damage during and after extreme weather. John Peters Roofing shares them in this post.
Preparations from the Beginning
Rima Taher, PhD, civil engineer and special lecturer at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, spent two years gathering data and examining the best roof shapes and designs that can withstand extreme weather. If you’re having your roof replaced, consider asking your roofing contractor to use styles with multiple slopes, to lessen the impact and stress strong winds can place on your home. She also warns of progressive structural failure where “the failure of one structural element triggers the failure of another,” and recommends good connections between your roof and your wall. Wall connections are essential in maintaining your roof strength, and are inexpensive to reinforce.
In 1996, the Institute of Business and Home Safety along with the Underwriter’s Laboratory set UL 2218 as a national standard for measuring the impact and damage of hailstones. The standard categorizes roofing materials from 1 to 4 in order of structural strength. Consult your contractor on the materials for your roof and ensure that your choice of roofing material follows UL 2218 standards to lessen the effects of hail on your roof.
Natural disasters can strike anytime. We can’t stop them from happening but we can make sure our homes are ready to face them, and there’s no better way to prepare for disasters than making sure that your roof is reinforced and well-maintained. Regular roofing repair and inspections are excellent ways to spot early signs of potential weak spots and address them before they get worse.
Call John Peters Roofing at (317) 786-3315 today and ask us how we can help your home brave any storm. We serve Indianapolis and nearby areas.