If you live in an area prone to major storms, such as hail and high winds, your roof option needs to be one that can resist possible storm damage. The following are a few roofing options that can help you choose a replacement roof that provides optimum storm resistance.
Asphalt shingles are your most common option, but they can be torn off in high winds or suffer major compression damage from hailstones or falling debris. If you like the look of asphalt, then consider upgrading to an impact-resistant variety. Impact-resistant asphalt shingles have all the appeal of traditional asphalt but they are less prone to compression damage. They do cost more than traditional asphalt shingles, but they provide a much longer life. Some insurance companies will provide a rebate or discount if you choose to upgrade to these shingles.
Metal roofing panels or shingles are another option. Wind and impacts rarely damage metal. If dents do occur, they are purely cosmetic and won't affect the performance of the roof. Modern metal shingles are also quite attractive, often mimicking the look of asphalt or tile shingles.
If high wind is your main concern, then proper roof anchors are the answer. Hurricane anchors ensure that the roof is firmly attached at the eaves and drip edges to the main support structure beneath. Anchors are also placed along the main planes of the roof to affix it firmly to the roof trusses and main structure of your home. This prevents uplifts, which can pull off an entire roof.
Further, items like flashing and vent covers on the roof will be affixed more firmly, with a combination of both adhesives and hardware, to ensure that these items don't take damage in the event of high winds.
Waterproof coatings, or weather sealing, may also be a good option for your roof. These seals are primarily used in areas where constant rain or moisture can cause roof materials to weaken and break down more quickly. The coating is applied over the roof after installation so that it forms a barrier.
You can have a weather sealant applied at any time. Many homeowners choose to install sealant following a roof replacement. Then, the sealant is reapplied every few years to ensure the coating continues to provide protection.
Contact a residential roof replacement service in your area to learn more about the options available for a storm-resistant roof.