An intact roof protects your customers, employees, and equipment from natural elements, such as sunlight, downpour, and winter chill, while they are in your establishment. Certain weather conditions like strong winds can compromise your roof’s ability to shield you and your occupants, however.
Howling away, these winds are likely to break off old or loose roofing materials. They can also toss tree branches and other debris onto your already stressed roof.
Fortunately, you can take precautions against this bit of foul weather. Investing in spray polyurethane foam (SPF) for your roof helps it withstand various weather conditions.
Roof Damage Caused by Strong Winds
Winds usually damage the edges of the roof and areas that are already loose. The National Weather Service (NWS) explains that strong winds can cause landscaping and structural damage depending on the wind speed. Take a look at how a certain speed affects the condition of your roof:
- 45 to 57 mph – may remove loose shingles.
- 58 to 74 mph – removes shingles and awnings.
- 75 to 89 mph – may partially peel off the roof of commercial buildings.
- Over 90 mph – partially peels roofs off commercial buildings.
Once conditions calm down, check your roof for the extent of the damage: peeling or missing shingles, cracks in a flat roof, or leaks and other indoor signs of a damaged roof. Missing granules, the part of shingles that’s like sandpaper, is another way the wind damaged on your roof.
Repairing a damaged roof can cost you $550on average, while the average cost of installing a new roof is $7,500. Investing in a quality roofing system is the best way to avoid these extra costs.
A Sustainable Solution
SPF roofing acts as a seamless barrier for your roof against harsh weather. The material fits various shapes and substrates if properly applied.
Due to its application method —it minimizes the use of battens, fasteners, and heavy ballast — this system offers strong wind resistance.
They also deliver excellent coverage around seams, parapet walls, and HVAC curves among others to reduce leakage. You won’t have to worry about water entering your building; the polyurethane foam is a great alternative to counter flashing. SPF roofs are environmentally friendly, too.
You also don’t have to remove them when doing repairs because they resist the lateral movement of water, reducing the size of the repair. You can easily fix the problem by re-foaming the damaged area.
Lastly, applying SPF roofing systems on top of existing materials allows property owners to prolong a low slope or flat roofs’ life without tearing them. Unlike other techniques, this makes repairs easier, minimize waste in landfills, and reduce repair time.
Installing SPF Roofing System
The application of SPF requires a spray gun. The chemical expands immediately once it contacts a surface. Afterward, SPF forms an airtight seal, providing a moisture and air barrier.
Not only does it help your roof resist strong winds, but SPF also contributes to saving energy by keeping your building cool and warm all year.
You can determine the right SPF roof system for your property by seeking help from professional installers. They have the expertise and equipment to make the installation process convenient so your roofing project would be in good hands.
Our team at A & L Foam Insulation, Inc., for instance, can assist you through the process. We limit your chemical exposure during the process and leave your space spotless.
It’s essential for us to communicate openly with clients. We will discuss the process with you as well as the tools we’re using. This allows you to be on the same page with us.
Keep your employees, customers, and assets safe by maintaining the durability of your roofing system. Contact us to know more.