How To Prevent Wind Damage to Your Facility Roof
When we think of wind damage, images of tornadoes or hurricanes come to mind. In reality, however, many more common damaging winds can wreak havoc on your facility's roof. Whether it’s a constant and steady wind in the same direction all year round or occasional hurricane-level gusts – the potential for wind damage is always present. This blog post will find information on various types of wind damage and their corresponding risk factors. You will also learn how to prevent wind damage to your facility roof using cost-effective solutions that are both simple and effective. If you notice you have wind damage to your home's roof, call Nutt Roofing & Siding in Newnan.
What Types of Wind Damage Can Occur?
The following types of damage can occur due to high winds:
Dust and dirt build-up on the roof: In dry climates, a constant current can pick up large amounts of dust and dirt from the ground and deposit them on your top. Over time, the roof surface will become contaminated and cause damage to the roof’s integrity.
Corrosion of roof materials: When certain roof materials (such as copper, aluminum, zinc, and other metals) are exposed to wind, they are prone to corrosion and weaken.
Deterioration of roof shingles: Roof shingles are designed to withstand high wind speeds. Yet, with time, shingles can become worn-out, brittle, or even tear holes due to the strong wind.
Shingle lift: Shingles can also lift due to wind, exposing the roof deck and making it vulnerable to water penetration.
Roof deck leaks: When the roof deck is exposed due to shingle lift, it becomes susceptible to water penetration, leading to leaks.
Roof collapse: When the roof shingles are worn-out and damaged, the roof's structure is compromised and can lead to failure.
Damage to the rest of the building: If the roof collapses, it can damage the rest of the building, including the walls, floors, and interior, and even disrupt utility services.
Strong, Constant Winds
The most common type of wind-related damage results from solid and constant winds, usually from the same direction, that gradually wear down the roof shingles, causing leaks. To prevent this damage, you should ensure that the roof is properly maintained over time. You should also check if the roof installation is appropriately aligned and balanced.
You can also try installing weather-protecting devices that block the winding path and protect your roof. If you own a commercial building, you likely already have a facility roof that needs to be adequately maintained to avoid damage.
However, if you own a residential property, you might have a smaller shelter that is easier to maintain. This makes protecting it from the firm constantly solid and much more accessible.
Brief, But Extremely Strong Winds – also known as “Wind Gusts.”
Strong winds are often followed by a brief “gust” of much stronger winds. These gusts can be so strong that they cause damage to the roof. To protect your roof from blasts, install wind baffles on your top. Wind baffles are sturdy and durable devices that deflect roof shingles and prevent them from blowing away.
When choosing wind baffles, make sure they are designed for the climate in which your roof is located. For example, if you live in a desert area, you will need a different type of wind baffle than someone living in a coastal region. You can also install roof anchors to protect your roof against gusts. These devices are installed on your roof’s edge and help secure it against the wind by “gripping” the roof shingles and preventing them from blowing away.
Ultra-Lightning Strikes (ULS)
Ultra-lightning strikes are joint during thunderstorms and can affect your facility roof. An ultra-lightning strike can cause damage to the top, as well as the electrical equipment inside. To protect your facility roof against ULS, ensure it is installed properly, has the correct dimensions, and is properly grounded. Additionally, you can install surge arrestors to protect the top and electrical equipment against ULS. When installed on the main electrical panel, surge arrestors can divert high voltage lightning strikes to the ground and watch the electrical equipment.
Dacryoadenitis Syndrome (DAS)
Dacryoadenitis syndrome (DAS) is a condition that causes pain and inflammation of the eyelid and the tear ducts. DAS can also damage the facility roof, as it can cause leaks due to increased pressure due to the tear flow. To protect your facility roof against DAS, you can install a roof gutter system that redirects and directs the tear flow away from the top and prevents leaks.
High-Velocity winds (> 85 mph)
High-velocity winds are rare but can cause extensive damage to your roof. To protect your roof against this type of damage, you should ensure that it is installed properly, has the correct dimensions, and is properly grounded. Additionally, you can install surge arrestors to protect the roof and electrical equipment against high-velocity winds.
Wind damage is a common occurrence. While it is impossible to completely prevent this type of damage, you can take specific steps to protect your facility roof and keep it in good condition for as long as possible. If you own a commercial building, you will have to hire a contractor specializing in roof repair to get the roof back to its original condition. However, if you own a residential property, you can perform most repairs yourself if you have the necessary tools and skills.