Should Wind Be a Major Concern For Littleton, CO Homeowners?

According to the National Weather Service, Littleton, CO has a higher-than-average occurrence of Tornadoes. Many homeowners have faced off with these terrifying calamities in the past, having left them damaged properties with expensive restoration costs. Truthfully, summer in Littleton, CO, often have neutral winds with 5mph speeds. Is it best to invest in wind-proofed roofing if you're planning a new roof for installation or replacement?

The short answer: yes. High-quality roofing with exceptional density, such as slate tiles, have long-term durability. While asphalt shingles are affordable, they cannot match the weight and density that slate stone brings on properties. However, slate tiles are expensive, and they will require additional roofing support material to avoid having roof cave-ins.

In neutral seasons, such as spring and summer, Littleton, CO has little to fear from winds. On average, 5mph cannot do anything even with lightweight aluminum roofing. Additionally, tornado risks aren't too common lately, allowing homeowners to find other roofing materials possibly better compatible with their roofing aesthetic and functionality.

Cajun Home Improvements has an excellent materials list for residences at risk of high winds to be on the safe side. Read more about it below.

1. Start with good structural design.

Your home’s floor plan is the first thing to consider. An intelligent floor plan can reduce the wind load on the roofing system of your home, making it less likely to fail. In general, square, hexagonal and octagonal floor plans perform the best. These floor plans increase wind resistance. It’s also a good idea to have a 30-degree sloped hip-style roof with multiple slopes for the best possible performance.

2. Get the underlayment right

A wind-resistant roofing material won’t help you very much if the decking system below isn’t any good. When having a new roof installed, make sure that rotted or damp wood is removed and that particleboard is replaced with stronger, heavier plywood. Then, make sure that ring-shanked nails no more than 6 inches apart are used for fastening. Standard roofing felt on top of the underlayment can help make it more durable and moisture-resistant. Protect roof vents, soffit vents and other secondary systems from uplift as well to avoid creating vulnerabilities for your roof and home.

3. Understand that fasteners matter

No matter what kind of roof you install, nails work better than staples. Some states have even banned roof staples. For the best possible strength on an asphalt roof, considering asking for six nails per shingle instead of four. These should be ring-shanked, 8D nails with water-resistant gaskets around them for the best possible results and to keep your roof from becoming a victim of your next windstorm.

4. Keep overhangs small for less uplift

Long and dramatic overhangs may look nice, but roof failure can occur as a result of strong wind coming up under those large overhangs and prying up the roof deck. When you keep overhangs to no more than 20 inches, you’re improving the structural integrity of your home. Take note that extended awnings and add-on porches can also work like overhangs to catch wind and compromise your roof. (Continued)

If you have yet to find a dependable Littleton, CO roofer to help with all your needs, you can always count on us at Roper Roofing. Contact us today to learn more about everything that we can achieve with you.


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