With the increase in natural disasters, including hurricanes and other major storms, many homeowners and builders are turning toward weather-resistant building materials as they build or remodel. Weather-resistant building materials handle things like hail, wind, rain, and snow without the same loss of integrity as building materials that have not been made to resist these elements.
There are many ways that you can help build a more weather-resistant home or building.
Weather-Resistant Building Materials for 2020
These weather-resistant building materials for 2020 are designed to help your exterior better withstand whatever Mother Nature brings.
1. Hail-Resistant Roofing
If you live in an area that sees frequent hail storms, such as Colorado, you understand the damage hail can do. Even small hailstones can cause major damage to your roof, either by bruising the mat of the shingle or by knocking the granules off, which exposes the mat beneath to the elements and hastens its deterioration.
Hail-resistant or impact-resistant roofing shingles are designed to handle the impact from hailstones as well as the type of high winds you’ll see in storms. A shingle that is called “impact-resistant” will have a Class 4 rating, which is the industry standard for a roofing material that can best withstand storm damage.
In some cases, you may also want to consider metal roofing, particularly metal tiles that have a stone coating. These types of roofing tiles are also impact-resistant as well as long-lasting. They can handle high winds, rain, and hail, so no matter what type of weather your area is subject to, hail-resistant and impact-resistant roofing, including metal roofing tiles, can make a big difference to how your home or building performs.
2. Impact-Resistant Windows
Glass windows and doors are frequently a source of concern during a major storm. Not only can they shatter, potentially causing injury, they also can potentially leave the property open to the elements, allowing rain or snow to enter, and vulnerable to intruders, who may see the opening as an invitation to enter.
Impact-resistant windows are designed with an inner layer that can help keep the window intact in the event of an impact. The glass itself may crack if the impact is hard enough, but it won’t shatter. This keeps the window safe; no worrying about winterizing windows or cracked and loose glass in or around your home or building. It also prevents the elements from entering and can help deter people who may try to take advantage of the storm’s aftermath.
Impact-resistant windows may still require replacement if the storm was bad enough to crack them, but they can help you avoid a lot more damage. While covering your windows is always the best choice, if you need to leave your home quickly and are unable to put plywood or hurricane shutters in place, having impact-resistant windows can help reduce the odds that you’ll come home to a bigger mess.
3. Concrete Framing
Many homes are stick-built, meaning that their frame is made of wood, regardless of what their outer covering is. Stick built and wood-framed homes are fine for ordinary weather and conditions, but if you live in an area that is subject to more extreme weather, it may not be enough.
Poured concrete and ICF construction are both becoming more popular as framing materials, because they’re stronger and can better withstand natural disasters. Both materials offer a lot more stability than wood, and are less affected by things like moisture. They also hold up better to high wind speeds and impact. They can be clad in many other materials, so you can still get the look and style you want for your home, with an increased resistance to the elements.
Some types of reinforced concrete frames and ICF blocks also help create homes that are resistant to earthquakes as well. These types of frames are much more stable than wood and resist bowing, cracking, or splitting with impact or ground movement, so your home or building is more likely to survive no matter what the conditions.
4. Fiber Cement Siding
Regardless of what the frame of the home or building is constructed from, the siding or cladding is its first defense against the elements. Highly durable fiber cement siding is impact-resistant as well as moisture and flame-resistant as well.
It was the material used on this home that survived Hurricane Michael and was one of the weather-resistant materials that had been used for the home’s exterior, combined with a concrete frame and impact-resistant windows.
While wood siding can swell and warp with moisture or could lose its paint and color with hail and high winds, fiber cement siding resists these issues. The color is fade- and chip-resistant, and the material itself resists damage from impact and wind. This covering is the first line of defense for your home or building regardless of what it’s built from.
Fiber cement siding comes in a wide range of styles as well, including lap siding, shingles, and architectural panels. This means that you can help get weather resistance for your home’s exterior regardless of what style your home is or what your personal preferences are for its appearance.
Get a Weather-Resistant Home or Building in 2020
Weather resistance is a fast-growing part of the building materials industry. Anyone building, rebuilding, or remodeling wants to have some assurance that their home or building will survive storms and natural disasters better than some older structures.
There are now many materials on the market that are weather-resistant, and that can be used together over the entirety of your home to help create an exterior that will be more likely to withstand the elements. Invest in weather-resistant building materials from Allura for your next project to help get the durability and reassurance you depend on.