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Some of the most spectacular views come from homes located near high winds, from hillside properties to beachfront communities. Newport News roofers must survey each property to verify its potential for severe wind gusts. If these winds are consistent across the structure, specialized roofing materials and installation techniques must be applied for a long lasting shingled surface.

Under any shingle installation is underlayment. This rolled out layer is usually overlapped at its numerous edges to keep moisture from penetrating the wood decking below. In high wind regions, moisture protection is even more important because those gusts can force water under shingles. The underlayment remains a critical component against water infiltration. Overlapping should be several inches along all underlayment edges, moving water off the rooftop and into gutters for safe drainage.

The shingles themselves should be fiberglass reinforced, creating strength against gust damage and flexibility to move without cracking potential. These shingle models are well suited for warm and humid areas, including beachfront properties. Homeowners will pay slightly more for these shingles, but they'll provide strong protection against leaks. Organic or wood reinforced shingles may not last as long as fiberglass in a high wind region.

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Material lifespans would be considerably shorter with persistent damage plaguing organic shingles.

Regardless of the shingle type, high wind areas call for extra layering. Shingles should be stacked with more than a 50 percent coverage rate to combat material lifting. This layering is strengthened with at least six nails holding each shingle down. Generally, four nails hold shingles down in moderate climates. Adding six nails keeps the material held securely even if one fastener fails over time. Contractors have enough time at each appointment to find these lost fasteners and secure shingles again for future windy days.

Traditional shingle installations simply have tabs handing downward on the rooftop without any fasteners. In windy areas, contractors usually glue down the tabs. They'll apply an adhesive along the edges and press them down as each course is laid. Edges cannot lift up and cause water damage issues with a strong adhesive applied. All shingles must be treated for this concept to work correctly.

Contractors are constantly looking for updated information on installation techniques and new materials, so homeowners should always choose experienced companies. These professionals show respect for continued education, especially if workers consistently return to classes through the years. With current information applied to each service call, roofs can withstand some of the harshest weather around.

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