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No matter where a house is located, severe weather events such as derechos, hailstorms and thunderstorms can bring damaging winds. Many homeowners are surprised to find out that the materials used to construct their roofs could be partly to blame for the extent of damage caused by the storm. Even in the Great Lakes region, extreme weather patterns such as the passing through of remnants of tropical weather systems, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are not unusual. When it comes time to build a new roof or replace an old one, property owners should discuss options for wind resistant roofing materials that are available from Sylvania roofing companies.

During the installation of a new roof, a homeowner should choose the strongest possible materials for its surface. Metal is widely considered an optimal choice for strength and durability in the face of heavy winds. Extra strong shingles are another option. A thick underlayment beneath the shingles or metal sheathing also helps the roof stay on even when winds exceed hurricane force.

When a house is in its design phase, building contractors and roofers may want to take into consideration the roof's overall shape and pitch.

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A hip gabled roof has the greatest level of wind resistance. It is also ideal in environments that receive plentiful rain and snowfall and where humidity is moderate to high. Ideally, the pitch of the roof should be no greater than 12:12, as steeper pitches are more prone to wind damage.

Bracing is another technique that roofing installers can use to enhance a structure's wind resistance. Braces can be used on both the interior and exterior sides of a structure. Interior bracing helps connect the trusses and beams with the ceilings and walls. Exterior braces, such as hurricane clips, are used as an additional measure to keep the roof attached to the walls during sustained heavy winds or sudden wind gusts. Hurricane straps are another form of bracing that can be helpful during severe storms.

Homeowners can also have flexible flashing added to their residences. This sort of flashing expands and contracts with changes in temperature, pressure and humidity levels. This material comes in rolls that are 6 inches wide and can be applied to the roof decking when a new roof is put onto the house. Also at this time, the seams between sheets of plywood and the walls and roof of the home can be sealed with a waterproof and flexible silicone caulking.

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