Living in a windy city definitely has its benefits, including cleaner air. When there is more wind, it tends to blow out the pollution, which can make the air that you breathe a lot cleaner. However, living in a windy city also means that you have to prepare your house for big wind gusts, especially your roof. A good roofing system has a variety of things, including good fasteners, a solid underlayment, and a roofing material that can withstand all of the wind.
There are two fasteners that roofers tend to use to install shingles on a roof: staples and nails. While staples may work in less windy environments and while they may be a bit more affordable, make sure that your roofer is going to use nails. Nails tend to penetrate deeper into the roof's support surface and hold the roofing materials in place, making your roof last longer.
If you are having an asphalt shingle roof installed, then steel nails should do the job. If you are having a metal roof installed, though, your roofer should use aluminum nails. Both of these options should not rust and should hold your roof in place.
Have a Strong Underlayment Installed
You wouldn't put a brand new pair of shoes over a soggy pair of socks, would you? Similarly, your roof won't be able to do its job if the underlayment is rotted, flimsy, or just needs to be replaced; especially if you live in an ultra-windy environment. As soon as your roofer takes off your existing roof, they will be able to determine whether or not you can use the same underlayment or if you need a new one. If there is any doubt about whether or not your underlayment will give your roof the support it needs doing a windstorm, then just pay to have it replaced.
Consider Metal Roofing
Sheet metal roofing isn't just a type of roof that looks nice but it's one of the most wind-resistant types. Why? Large sheets of metal are less likely to lift up during a windstorm, whereas small shingles are likely to do so. Plus, metal roofs can last way longer than asphalt shingles so you know that you are making a good investment.
The last thing you want is to walk out into your yard after a windstorm and see shingles everywhere. Keep these considerations in mind when you are speaking with your roofer about getting one that's suitable for the wind.
To learn more about roofing, contact a roofer in your area.