While Tennessee hasn’t recently made the news for hurricane damage, the state has been impacted by such natural disasters in the past. And even when hurricanes aren’t a threat, we may still need to worry about damage from high winds and hail. The best thing you can do to protect your property and the ones you love is to ensure that your roof is highly rated and resistant to these kinds of damages. But how do you know if your roofing materials will actually keep you safe? Take a look at some of the key benefits and drawbacks of a few of the most popular roofing solutions below and weigh these options when deciding on what to use on your own home.
When it comes to roofs for houses, asphalt remains one of the most popular types of materials to use. Of all available roofing solutions, asphalt shingles are among the lowest in cost and easiest to install. They do offer good fire resistance, and many types have superior wind resistance as well. There are even asphalt shingle options that can withstand winds of up to 130 miles per hour, as long as they are installed with the manufacturer’s requirements in mind. However, it’s important to note that weathering and aging can negatively impact wind resistance. Homeowners should inspect their roofs once or twice a year, but if you live in an area prone to high winds and have asphalt shingles on your roof, you may want to err on the side of caution and conduct more frequent inspections and have repairs done immediately as needed.
Tile Or Slate
Concrete tiles are immensely popular in many parts of the country and are often quite durable. Clay tiles, on the other hand, can be easily broken and aren’t necessarily recommended for wind or hail. In general, tiles are quite heavy and aren’t always well-suited for every structure due to their weight. In addition, they may make labor more costly because they often take longer to install. They are, however, energy efficient and water resistant. If you do choose tile roof solutions to protect your home, they must be installed precisely to ensure they don’t pose a hazard during times of high wind.
Slate is quite a bit more expensive than asphalt, but it also lasts much longer in many circumstances. Like with tiles, not every home can withstand a heavy slate roof, so it’s important that you contact your roofing contractors to assess whether this material might be a possibility.
A lot of homeowners assume metal roofing could be dangerous during storms, but it’s actually one of the safer options to choose. Although metal roofing solutions are fairly lightweight, they can last for anywhere from 30 to 50 years with very little required maintenance. They do need to be installed correctly in order to shed water and withstand wind. Hail has been known to cause permanent dents in some metal roofs, so if you’re overly concerned about the appearance, be aware of this cosmetic risk going in.
If you want to protect your home and those you love, investing in a high-quality roof is a must. To find out more about the roofing solutions we offer and how our services can help keep your family safe during these kinds of weather conditions, contact us today.