In construction, resilience refers to the ability of a building to withstand extreme weather conditions while maintaining a habitable environment even without power. Your home’s roofing system is an essential component of this resilience. With a damaged roof, your home will basically be uninhabitable and unusable.
But what makes a resilient roof?
Impact resistance could mean resistance to hail, debris or rooftop equipment. To improve your roof’s impact resistance, there should be a tough membrane with a durable cover board between the insulation layer and membrane. Consider the material, too. For instance, high-density polyiso cover boards can effectively resist impacts from hail because they are able to absorb the impact, and they don’t crush.
If your region experiences large hail frequently, adding cementitious pavers above the roof membrane may be necessary. However, note that their weight is significant so you should check your roof structure’s capacity before installing these pavers to an existing roof.
Most wind-related damage usually starts at the perimeters and corners. That’s why roofing professionals recommend enhancing edge metal details with thicker metal and higher fastener density for improved wind resistance. A well-designed perimeter edge or parapet is also a good secondary measure.
If you’re thinking of long-term building resiliency, one way that you can achieve this is by adding solar panels onto your rooftop. Solar energy can operate key components of your home during a power outage. However, since most of these systems rely on the grid, these won’t be able to provide energy during a blackout.
Goodrich Roofing is a family-owned roofing business that delivers top-notch workmanship. To know more about our services, call us at (505) 219-4450, or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Albuquerque, NM, and nearby areas.