Weather patterns across the United States are increasingly becoming more severe, with higher winds and more rain in many areas. As a result, it is important to update your home to protect it from these weather conditions. Here are some recommendations you can add to your home's exterior to protect it during high wind storms and hurricanes.
One of the most vulnerable areas to your home's exterior can be its windows that are prone to breaking in high winds. Your home's windows are built to prevent heat transfer with heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. But the glass with low-emissivity properties can shatter when struck with an object flying through the air due to high winds, or simply from the high winds in a storm.
When you live in an area that is subject to excessively high winds, such as with hurricanes, you can replace your home's windows with hurricane impact windows. These windows have an interlayer of laminate made from polyvinyl butyral (PVB) or ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA), which holds the glass together if it is shattered during a storm. So instead of the glass breaking apart into pieces, it holds together despite being shattered. This keeps the storm winds from entering your home and causing your home's roof or walls to break apart.
Your home's roof also protects your home interior just as its widows do, so it is essential to have a durable and strong roof and roofing shingles during a storm of high winds. Whether you are replacing your roof after it has aged and needs replacement, or you are repairing missing and blown off shingles from a storm, installing storm-resistant shingles protects your home from the top.
There are several types of wind resistant shingles to protect your home during excessive winds. For example, you can install high wind-resistant asphalt shingles on your home. During installation the roofing professional adds roofing cement onto the underside of each shingle along with roofing nails and durable self-adhesive tabs. It's typically recommended to use roofing nails over roofing staples, as they are a more durable securing option for your shingles in high winds.
Another type of shingle that is wind resistant is a concrete roofing tile. This type of roofing material is heavier than an asphalt shingle, which helps it to withstand hurricane force winds and damage from hail stones and freeze-thaw patterns. And as an added benefit to installing concrete roofing tiles, they look great and last for many years longer than traditional asphalt shingles.