Modern roofs have been engineered to withstand a host of weather-related scenarios. While these structures are quite robust, there are certain situations which can lead to a significant amount of damage. One scenario involves what is known as wind uplift. Let us take a closer look at this phenomenon in order to better understand its effects and how it can be resolved.
The Principles of Wind Uplift Explained
Wind uplift will occur when an air current comes into contact with a flat roof. Once the wind encounters a vertical surface (such as a wall), it will be forced upwards while simultaneously accelerating. This creates an area of negative pressure known as a “void”.
If the wind is strong enough, such negative pressure can begin to lift the roof off of the underlying structure. The edges of the roof are the most likely areas to be affected by wind uplift. If significant damage occurs, the structure may require in depth repairs such as a home or garage roof replacement.
Mitigating the Effects of Wind Uplift
Obviously, areas prone to high wind gusts (such as Scotland and Northern England) will feel the effects of wind uplift over time. It should also be mentioned that flat roofs which have not been installed correctly are likely to suffer from more severe forms of damage. This is why obtaining a professional evaluation is always important if you suspect that a problem may exist.
The team at Multiform Roofing is well aware of the risks associated with wind uplift. We are also capable of providing a host of targeted solutions. Property owners who fail to recognise the symptoms of this uplift could very well be placing their homes at risk. So, please contact us in order to schedule a no-obligation consultation.