Living in the heart of tornado alley isn’t always easy. We experience a lot of severe weather here in Kansas all year round, and it’s important to know what you can do to help protect your family and your home from storm damage. Reliable Wichita roofers can always help you with roof repairs or replacements, but here’s some ways you can help weatherproof your roof before disaster strikes:
No matter where you live in the United States, there will be times when you are going to endure harsh natural conditions, which is why waterproofing your home is important. This process begins with the roofing system.
There’s probably nothing more important about a home’s construction than the roof. When you get into the Midwest and the Northeast, where there’s lots of snow and severe temperatures, the concern for the roof is that it will perform well under a wide range of temperatures.
There are a couple of things you can do to prevent leaking and damage from ice dams:
- First, insert a water repellent layer under the shingles when building your roof. Then lay de-icing cables over the shingles and loop them through the upper gutters — and also along the roof in a zigzag pattern to cover as much of the lower roof as possible. The cable also should run down the downspouts.
- Lastly you’ll need to insulate the attic to keep the heat in the interior of the home and help minimize temperature fluxuations on the roof.
Note: The attic is a particularly important place in most houses because it’s the barrier between the outside and the ceilings of your home. This is why it’s vital that there are NO leaks in the attic or the roof that can come into the interior of your home.
The roof system is also instrumental in fire protection. A significant number of homes are saved because they are made with fireproof materials. If you can, put a roof on that consists of non-flammable materials — steel metal roof, tiles or asphalt shingles, for example.
Did You Know? Approximately 80 percent of homes that are roofed today in the new construction area are done with fiberglass shingles. Fiberglass shingles are made from a thin layer of fiberglass surrounded and coated in weathering grade asphalt. Specially designed granules are then applied to the surface of fiberglass shingles, providing fire protection and color.