Three Roofing Materials That Work Well In Areas With High Winds

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If you live in an area that frequently receives high winds, like those associated with hurricanes, then you need to take this into careful consideration when choosing a roof. Some roofing materials fare better than others when faced with high winds. Here's a look at three that are generally good choices in windy areas.

Fiberglass Shingles

Standard, asphalt shingles made with wood fiber are not typically the best choice for high-wind areas. They're likely to be peeled up and blown away, especially when attached with the standard three or four roofing nails used to attach them. Fiberglass-based asphalt shingles are a better choice in windy areas because they're a bit heavier and thus likely to be lifted off the roof. They also bend less than standard, wood-fiber asphalt shingles, which helps keep them in place. When looking for shingles for your roof, make sure you choose ones with a high wind rating. Class D shingles will withstand winds up to and including 90 miles per hour. In an area with very high winds, you may want Class H shingles, which stand up to winds traveling 150 miles per hour.

Shingles are often the most affordable roofing option of those on this list. Expect to pay at least $50 per square for  shingles – perhaps a little more for the best-quality, most wind-resistant ones. (A square is equal to 100 square feet.)

Steel Panels

Not all metal roofs are well suited to high-wind areas. Aluminum panels are pretty lightweight, so there's a chance the wind could catch under the edge and lift the whole panel off the roof. Stainless steel roofing is heavier, which makes this lifting action less likely. To give a steel roof the best staying power, your contractor should screw it into the roofing deck instead of nailing it on. Steel roofing has the advantage of being highly water-resistant, which is good news since high winds are often accompanied by rain. Metal roofing is also known to last longer than shingles, but its cost is between $100 and $260 per square.

Clay Tiles

Clay tiles have a long history in windy areas. They can weigh more than 1,000 pounds per square, so it's rare that wind will dislodge them. Their curved shape also makes it hard for the wind to get underneath them. Clay tiles will sometimes crack or chip when hit with heavy hail, but it's easy to replace the broken tiles without replacing the whole roof. Tile roofs are incredibly durable, lasting up to 100 years, but they come with a high price tag of up to $500 per square.

Contact a roofing company, like Affordable Roofing & Gutters and other locations, for more tips and information.

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