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The number of severe storms in the The Woodlands and surrounding areas have been increasing considerably in recent times and will most likely continue to do so. The evidence of global warming and the slow erosion of the polar ice caps seems to be becoming more and more evident as time passes by.
This means that the number and nature of insurance claims that are being filed these days are becoming more common and deep reaching as we slowly march forward through time. Whereas in the past insurance companies were a little more liberal in how and when they would pay out, nowadays this has ceased to be an option given the circumstances.
Just like with hail damage done to your roof, wind damage on your shingles require a little bit of an investigation to be made by your roofing contractor. The Woodlands Roofing Expert is very well versed in this process and can help you get the right attention your home and business needs from insurance providers.
Inward or positive pressures are put on the side of the dwelling that faces the wind as the wind pushes up against a wall or roof surface. Positive pressure only damages shingles when the tabs are lifted and the wind pressure is able to get under the tab. Outward pressure, also known as negative, suction or uplift, is generated on the side of the building which is opposite the direction the wind is coming from. This is typically the most damaging type of pressure that strong winds can cause, and ends up causing the most damage by lifting up single shingles or even entire strips.
The shingles themselves have warranties for this type of damage, and it's not always necessary to involve insurance companies. These warranties can vary in the number of years they cover and also the strength of wind that is considered to be applicable for the purposes of the shingle's warranty.
On average, you're looking at anywhere from 60 miles per hour for shingles that last from 20 to 25 years, all the way up to 130 for lifetime warranty shingles. It goes without saying that a higher quality shingle will generally have a longer life expectancy and thus a longer warranty period.
Here's an overview of the average life expectancy of different roofing materials:
1) EPDM or rubber roofing- 10 to 16 years.
2) Asphalt 3-tab shingles- 15 to 18 years.
3)Modified Bitumen and Built-Up roofs last about the same number of years.
4)Architectural asphalt shingles- 24 to 30 years on average.
5)Metal or Galvalume- anywhere from 30 to 45 years.
6)Concrete Tile shingles- 35 to 50 years.
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