|Proper Roof Installation Prevents Damage From Wind, Snow and Ice, Heat, and Rain|
Most of the time, weather isn't too much for a roof to handle-if the roof is properly installed. You can save yourself and your homeowner clients the headache of weather-induced roof failures by following manufacturer specs and industry best practices during installation.
Here are a few tips from the field:
In hurricane-prone areas, building codes ensure that roofers take extra care to choose sturdy shingles and fasten them securely so they won't blow off when the wind whips to a forceful speed. Still, exposure to even milder wind can loosen nails and sweep debris onto shingles, which damages them over time and leaves them vulnerable to future gusts.In any climate, roofers can prepare a house for high winds by:
Ice and Snow
Last winter dumped unusually heavy snow even in areas that rarely get it, catching homeowners-and their roofs-unprepared. Tulsa, Okla., roofer Brent Toggle says installers can prevent future snow-season surprises by looking at every new roof with "the mindset that we're going to have 5 feet of snow sitting on it."
To that end, contractors can prepare for ice and snow by:
Constant exposure to sun and heat can prematurely age a roof and shorten its life. Kelly recommends that Southern pros choose products designed for the local weather. "Some products perform better in heat than others," he says.
In addition, builders and remodelers can work with roofers to slow down heat damage by:
Leaky roofs are a homeowner's greatest roofing headache-and the contactor's, too, if the roof leaks while it's under warranty.
Roofers can prevent many leaks with special attention to flashing and sealing during installation by:
Sharon O'Malley is a contributing editor to Building Products magazine and ebuild.com.