High winds are a reality throughout many parts of Australia and frequently serve to fuel bushfires. In many instances, strong winds can strike quickly and without providing any warning. Along with tearing off shingles, high winds can also blow heavy debris onto your roof. In addition, severe winds can drive moisture under your roofing and into your home. While these are all serious risks, a few precautions can help to mitigate the effects of strong winds.
Check the trees around your property:
Begin by analysing the area around your home and looking for tall trees that could be blown onto your roof during strong winds. Branches that hang over your roof should be trimmed, while tall trees that could be blown over should be removed. Obviously before removing any tree from your property you will need to consult with your local council.
Actively inspect your roof:
Your roof should also be inspected for potential problem areas. If you do not have any experience in this area, it is best to leave this job to an experienced roofing contractor who will be able to identify and repair any potential problems.
If any of the shingles on your roof are damaged, they will need to be repaired or replaced. High winds can easily lift up torn or buckled roofing and blow it away during a storm. Any roof penetrations, such as chimneys, should also be checked to confirm that they are in good condition. The flashing around those areas should be inspected, as well. In addition, you should have an experienced roofer check other elements of your roofing, such as the fascia, soffit, and gutters, to ensure that they are secure.
You may need to strengthen your roof:
The type of roof that you have will also play an important role in your roof’s vulnerability to high winds. Homes that feature gabled roofs are typically most susceptible to damage from strong winds. If your home has a gabled roof, the good news is that it is possible to strengthen your roof by installing additional braces within the trusses or at the ends of the gables. A qualified roofer can also install galvanized metal straps that will help to secure your roof to the walls of your home.
You may need to replace your roof:
In some instances, you may consider replacing your entire roofing in order to provide greater protection from high winds. Certain types of roofing materials are better able to withstand high winds than other roofing materials. For instance, heavier asphalt roofing is often a good choice for areas that tend to experience high peak winds. Colorbond roofing is also now a popular choice throughout Australia for wind protection. Within high wind and cyclone zones, Colorbond roofing is considered a far more secure roofing option.
In addition, this type of roofing often makes it much easier to meeting local rating criteria. Due to the large range of colours and styles available, Colorbond also makes it easy to match a new roof to your existing home’s style.
Be proactive rather than reactive:
By taking steps to strengthen your roof before a wind storm actually strikes, you can help to protect your building, its contents, and avoid the need for expensive repairs.
We hope that helps!
Thanks for reading,
R.O. Steel Roofing
(02) 9660 5937