Understanding Wind Zones and How They Affect Your Roofing System’s Durability Against Wind Damage
When it comes to taking care of a home’s roof, many homeowners don’t think about the effects of wind; however, some may be surprised to learn that wind can be just as damaging to roofs as hail or heavy rains. Knowing what type of wind zone your property falls into is an important part of protecting your investment and ensuring that your roof can withstand strong gusts. Reliable Roofing & Construction in Hattiesburg MS discuss wind zones and how they affect your roofing system’s durability against wind damage.
The National Building Code (NBC) requires buildings to be designed and constructed for specific levels of wind force, depending both on their location and geographic region. These regional sites are broken up into different wind speed zones with higher pressure areas requiring higher levels of protection during construction. The NBC defines four categories: 90 mph, 100 mph, 110 mph, and 120+ mph.
In the United States, inland areas have the highest risks for heavy winds while hurricane-prone coastal regions are also at risk due to their proximity to water bodies. Coastal houses should pay special attention to the roofing system used when constructing buildings in these locations because they face a greater risk of hurricane winds.
Understanding which wind zone your property is located in helps determine the right type of materials needed for construction – such as shingle types – so that it can withstand even stronger winds without becoming damaged or detached from the house itself. For example, if you live in an area prone to hurricanes or other high winds, it is recommended that the roof materials are thicker or made from special insulating materials like asphalt shingles designed for higher pressures than what would otherwise be required in a lower pressure area like one with typical 90mph gusts.
Similarly, when replacing an existing roof or building an entirely new one from scratch within a 100+ mph zone, it is important to select appropriate materials such as metal panels or concrete tiles specifically rated for high winds so they won’t tear off under heavy pressure. Additionally using specialized nails or screws and additional layers of protective material may also be required in order to ensure that the structure remains firmly attached even when facing varied wind speeds over time. While higher pressure areas tend to require more stringent safety measures during building projects it pays off by providing greater peace of mind; knowing that you have taken steps necessary in order protect yourself against Mother Nature’s unpredictability!
When considering whether additional protections are needed in less pressured areas (i.e., 90mph) it is important to consider past records of local storm activity along with any potential changes due climate change can bring about sudden shifts in weather patterns; these shifts can result in powerful gales which could pose danger not only to properties but also their residents’ safety if roofs are not built with adequate reinforcements capable of resisting such sudden influxes of power gusts! Even if you think your house may only need basic safety standards due its location within a less pressured area, adding extra support where possible will pay dividends down line by providing you with much needed assurance should anything unexpected occur!
Ultimately understanding which type and grade of material is best suited based upon local weather conditions and occupational hazards provides homeowners with invaluable peace mind against mother nature’s whimsical playfulness while providing additional reassurance through rigorous tests conducted through various construction methodology checks performed prior commissioning work on each job provided by Reliable Roofing & Construction Hattiesburg MS!
How to find us:
- Reliable Roofing & Construction LLC
- 5267 Old Highway 11, Suite F, Hattiesburg, MS 39402