Roofing standards have improved to offer more extreme weather resilience

Most homeowners are not aware of improvements made to roofing standards in recent years. Methods of installing roofs have boosted the structure’s ability to withstand extreme weather.

April 10, 2013

Most homeowners are not aware of improvements made to roofing standards in recent years. Methods of installing roofs have boosted the structure’s ability to withstand extreme weather, says Betsy Kosowski, vice president and co-owner of Marvin F. Kosowski and Co. in Barrington, Ill., as have roofing materials. Existing roofs are often torn off to ensure proper installation, and some local codes require them to come with water and ice shields. Architectural shingles are starting to replace the old, three-tab asphalt shingles because they can withstand stronger winds and prevent moss buildup.

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