Oklahomans know a few things about wind. Afterall, our state isn’t smack dab in the middle of tornado alley for nothing. Even if we don’t get the full-blown impact of an actual tornado, we also win the prize of having lots of thunderstorms with high, damaging winds. And, our state song even talks about our famous, “winds sweeping down the plains.”
These high-wind storms pack a punch with gusts often topping 110 miles an hour or higher. Winds like this will have you cleaning up downed tree limbs, retrieving patio furniture that visited the neighbors and trampolines that acted more like parachutes. And, that’s all before you see what might have happened to your roof.
So, in Oklahoma, we are keenly interested in making sure we understand what materials will work best to provide our clients with the highest quality roof to stand up to the highest Oklahoma winds. Here are some answers to some commonly asked questions to make sure you understand how to protect your home from Oklahoma’s mighty winds.
Get the best roof for high winds:
What wind speed can a roof withstand?
Newer, modern or recently installed roofs are rated to withstand winds up to 90 miles per hour. And, some roofing materials are rated up to 150 miles per hour, if you are particularly concerned about damage from wind or tornadoes.
However, you can start to see damage with winds as low as around 50 miles per hour, especially if your roof is older or if it was installed improperly. After every major storm with sustained high winds, do a visual check of your roof to see if it appears you have any damage, no matter the actual velocity of the winds.
What type of roof is the strongest against high winds?
Both fiberglass shingles and clay shingles can be a strong choice when looking for a roof that can handle high winds. When installed properly, several options can be rated at 150 miles an hour. However, these options can have drawbacks: Clay shingles, for example, can be damaged in the winds or they can break off during high winds and become dangerous projectiles.
For overall durability, metal roofing is probably the best roofing material to consistently sustain high winds for the duration of the life of the roof. Metal roofing has less seams and overlaps than other roof options. In addition, it has fewer places for wind and water to get underneath the roof, making it a great option for high-wind or tornado prone areas. Most metal roofs are rated at 150 miles per hour.
Best roof shape for high winds?
For wind protection, you want a hip roof that has four slopes, pitched ideally at about 30 degrees. The idea is that more slopes will handle high winds better, so anything more than a two-slope gable roof will be more resistant to wind damage.
How is your roof holding up to high winds?
Have spring storms battered your tired roof? Are you concerned you might have loose shingles or need repairs because of damage from high winds? Call Turner Roofing, and we’ll come out and take a look. As always, we’ll give you a free inspection to let you know if springs storm have caused permanent damage. Call us at 918-258-2585.