How To Retain A Wind-Proof Roofing Structure

If you live in an area that has been experiencing high winds during the hurricane season, then you may be concerned about the way your roof is able to stand up to the wind. Hurricane wind speeds range from about 74 miles per hour to 157 miles per hour. Your shingles can remain strong against winds that are between 90 and 150 miles per hour, depending on the classification of the shingles. While your roof may be made to withstand high winds, you still need to work hard to make sure the shingles do not fly away when winds come through your area. Keep reading to learn about some tips that can help you.

Look For Loose And Broken Shingles

The first step in making sure your roof can stay intact against high speed winds is to replace any shingles that appear to be loose or damaged. These shingles have poor uplift resistance and can pull up and away from the roof. There are many signs to look for when evaluating shingles. Cracks, broken corners, curling, buckling, broken tabs, and the lack of shingle granules are all signs that the shingles need to be replaced. 

If you see any obviously damaged shingles, then remove the damaged ones and replace them. Remove the old shingle first by using a utility knife. Cut straight across the shingle tab and pull the shingle away from the roof deck. You will be left with the nail strip part of the old shingle. Lift the shingle tabs that sit over the nail strip and use a crowbar to remove the nails that secure the strip to the deck. You can secure a new shingle in the same spot as the old one. Try to use the same nail holes to secure the shingle. If you do not, then the openings can leave leaking holes in the roof. 

If you notice some shingles that are loose but not damaged, then you can adhere the shingles in place instead of replacing them. You can use roofing cement for this purpose. Purchase a tube of roofing cement, place it in a caulk gun, and run a bead of the cement underneath the bottom edge of the loose shingle. Press the shingle down against the roof when you are done. 

Secure The Deck

While you should pay attention to your roofing shingles, their condition, and the way they adhere to your roof, you also need to make sure the decking is secured. The roof decking can bow and buckle when exposed to high speed winds, and this can cause damage to the roofing shingles and cause them to break free from the decking. You can help to reduce this sort of issue by reinforcing the rafters and trusses across the roof. You will need a tube of construction adhesive or liquid nails for this. 

Run the liquid nail material along the edge of each rafter where it meets the roof decking. You may need to peel your insulation away from the deck to reveal the edges of the trusses. The construction adhesive is extremely thick and able to stick strongly to the wood deck as well as the rafters. The adhesive will not penetrate through the wood though, so it is not a direct alternative to roofing nails. It does however work as a good complement to a properly nailed roof deck. 

If you want even more strength and security across your roof deck, then you can ask a contractor to secure hurricane clips to the inside of your home. These clips are metal constructions that nail into the rafters and the top base of the wall that lines your attic space. The clips should be placed against the very ridge of the roof edge and along each rafter base. 

For more information and assistance with repairs and maintenance, contact residential roofing services in your area.