Wind WILL Cause Leaks to Your Roof

It’s one of the most terrible things that can happen to your home. Strong, windy rainstorms haven’t only cancelled your weekend trip, but the powerful gales are threatening to pull your roof at its foundations. As a long-time homeowner who had seen the roof’s construction alongside the entire house, you know the total investment you made for your roof. A wind driven rain roof leak is a terrible problem for any Edmonton AB homeowner.

Wind seems negligible especially in rain-heavy rainstorms. However, strong-wind cyclones or hurricanes that occasionally pummel the local area (and often leaves your professional and dependable Edmonton AB roofing contractor vigilant and checking up on everyone) can lift your roofing shingles or dislodge your corrugated metal roofing. With the roofing underlayment exposed by the wind, rain can quickly drench and cause leaks to flow in your attic.

This is a common problem for households. In fact, SPC Roofing and Construction considers it as one of the core reasons roofs can leak.

Roof Leaks Caused by Wind & Rain

Now of course rain causing a roof leak seems quite intuitive, but your everyday rain alone cannot cause a leak (unless your roof has been installed in a faulty way). However in combination with wind that can lift and shift your shingles, allowing debris to sneak under and create a weak point for water to seep into, wind and rain can be the root of your roof leak problem.

How to fix it:

This could be as simple a fix as finding the guilty shingle and removing the debris or just replacing the shingle to its original position, or as complex as having to a whole area or re-pin down a large section. (Source)

Permanent Repairs That You Cannot Do

Homeowners will want to attempt repairing wind driven rain roof leak incidents. We’ve heard a major DIY misconception repeatedly through the years: doing it yourself will help save you money. Indeed, it’s easy to see why we say this: to gain more customers who entrust their wind driven rain roof leak repairs to us. The truth is, we can save you money and time because you won’t have to invest highly in a huge set of roof repair equipment and you can depend on our long-term expertise.

However, you can never plan when to have roof leaks. Homeowners who know how to deal with sudden roof leak surges can save their property from a wealth of water-borne damage. Unmanaged roof leaks can cause severe submersive damage to furniture, internal ceilings, electrical components, and more. There are two effective yet simple roof leak repairs and solutions homeowners can do. One is to place huge buckets underneath the leak sources.

Second is using a waterproof tarp to temporarily seal the leak source and save your roof and belongings in the process, as per Royal Crown Roofing TX.

Waterproof Tarp

This is the simplest, cheapest, and most common solution–simply cover the affected area with a waterproof tarp. Cover the entire damaged area on your roof, smooth the tarp out, nail it in place, and cover the heads of the nails with a little roofing cement to seal any more tiny holes. Though this will keep the rain out in the meantime, a tarp is obviously not a permanent solution to the ultimate problem. Don’t delay the roof repair any longer than you can get away with.

Pro Tip: NEVER walk on your roof while it’s raining outside–the fall risk is simply too high. If you don’t get a chance to apply the tarp during a break in the rain, see if you can mount the tarp from inside. (Source)

Roof Designs That Save You From Wind Damage

Wind damage isn’t just wind driven rain roof leaks. It has the potential to blow off your entire roof even if roofing contractors had properly secured its position. Edmonton might not have the common strong-wind storms of Florida and Texas, but the roof shapes most people in these American cities use is guaranteed to help save your roof from devastating wind damages.

The Journal of Light Construction has a great number of roof designs that help prevent your roof from immense wind damage. You can read more about it below. If you’re planning to build your new home soon, make sure to use the following roofs to minimize the incidence of wind driven rain roof leak.

The Best Roof Designs for Strong Winded Territories

In a 2007 review article in the Journal of Architectural Engineering, Taher notes decades of research showing that hip roofs, for example, are better than gable roofs when a hurricane hits. Wind tunnel testing at France’s Center for Building Science and Technique (Centre Scientifique et Technique du Btiment or CSTB), found that a roof slope of 30 degrees experienced the lowest wind pressures under high-wind conditions. Writes Taher:

“Studying the influence of the home shape showed that a compact building of a square floor plan — or even better: a hexagonal or octagonal plan form — which is equipped with a multiple panel roof — four or more panels — was found to have reduced wind loads. Hip roofs (four slopes) performed better than gable roofs (two slopes).

For best results, a roof slope of about 30° was recommended. Roof overhangs generally suffer from important uplift forces which could, in some cases, trigger a roof failure. CSTB researchers suggested limiting the length of these overhangs to 50 cm (approximately 20 inches), especially for roofs that have a small slope. They also recommended disconnecting the overhangs structurally from the main building.”

The French researchers also suggested some novel solutions to reduce wind stress on the building — ideas that may not be for everyone, but offer some food for thought. One solution tested was to provide a pressure-equalizing wind shaft at the center of the structure. (Continued)

It’s important to remember that long-term roofing is effective and wind driven rain roof leak-free if reputable and experienced roofing contractors install it for you. If you have yet to find a dependable roofer, you can count on DDCL’s decades-experienced, highly-educated, and well-equipped team to help you. Contact us today to learn more!