Impacts of Wind to Roofing and What You Can Do

Today we are sharing tips, tricks, and things to consider regarding your roof and wind. There are two primary concerns with wind. The first is the wind itself hitting your roofing materials. Over time, wind (especially wind containing salt particles, dirt, and debris) will degrade your roof. The second concern is what wind will blow onto your roof (trees and objects). In Hawaii, where many houses are close together, wind can play a major role in damage to your roof.

Here are some ideas and things to consider with your roof and wind. 

Considering your Home’s Location

If you have ever driven over the Pali Highway or H3 on Oahu, you know the power that wind can have. Our unique geography of mountain ranges close to the ocean leads to gusty days and valleys where wind is concentrated more than other places. Consider the location of your home and how frequently wind presents a challenge. 

Houses along the tops of ridgelines, in valleys (think Nu’uanu and Palolo), and near more metropolitan areas are all likely to experience challenges with wind. If your home is in a high-wind area, this post is for you!

Materials to Withstand Wind

Metal roofing is one of the most wind-resistant materials around. It can withstand powerful winds and is most often used in commercial buildings. Commercial buildings tend to be taller and larger, so it makes sense that metal roofs are preferred. Although metal roofing isn’t common on homes, it is not unheard of.

Recommendations with Non-Metal Roofing

If you live in a windy area and don’t want to spend the money on a metal roof, here are some considerations for other materials.

When using asphalt shingles:

  • The use of nails rather than staples is recommended for strength
  • Use stainless steel nails for homes within 3,000 feet of the ocean
  • Check out the warranty length of materials (longer warranty = greater durability)

What about Heavier Materials?

Heavier roofing materials are also a good option but be sure to have a licensed professional install these. If poorly installed, these heavier clay tiles become potential dangers rather than securities. 

What about Objects?

Ensure the safety of your roof by assessing the areas around your house—are there loose items that can be tied down? Do you have a satellite or antenna on your roof that might cause damage? Be especially conscientious of foliage and large trees in the surrounding area. Bringing in a tree removal or tree trimming specialist will protect your roof from loose debris and branches.

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