Frequent high winds from the Atlantic Ocean, including occasional hurricanes, cause constant wear-and-tear on home exteriors in the Maritimes (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland & Labrador). Protecting your house from gusty conditions requires that you familiarize yourself with the most windproof roofing and siding products on the market. Performing important maintenance tasks also helps ensure your home’s integrity.
When it comes to high wind resistance, metal roofing is the top choice in the Maritimes, says Grant Cadeau, president of Classic Roof & Siding Ltd. in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. “In the case of high winds, metal roofing outperforms asphalt shingles every day,” says the roofing and siding expert, who recommends interlocking roofing brands that can be installed over existing roofing materials.
Cadeau suggests pre-finished wood clapboard or shingled siding. “Such products come with 15-year warranties and are pre-finished and pre-painted in controlled factory environments,” says Cadeau, who notes that vinyl siding doesn’t hold up as well in the high winds found in the Maritimes.
Top Home Maintenance Tasks
- Clear Eavestroughs and Downspouts:
As the roof’s drainage system and first line of defense against the elements, eavestroughs and downspouts play an important role in keeping your home free of damaging excess moisture. Twice a year clean debris from eavestroughs and downspouts, and make sure that downspouts drain at least five feet away from the building.
- Pressure-Wash Siding:
At least every two to three years, Cadeau suggests removing built-up debris by power-washing your siding. Besides making your home look brighter and fresher, cleaning off accumulated dirt and airborne residue on siding prevents staining.
- Reseal Chimneys:
If you want your chimney to last as long as your roof, Cadeau advises inspecting the chimney and its cap on a yearly basis. Caulking tends to wear away and crack from constant exposure to the elements, so take time to re-seal the chimney once a year. Also remove any debris build-up caught in the chimney cap’s screening. If you suspect more serious trouble with the chimney, consult a chimney sweep.
- Maintain Clearance:
Keep trees and large shrubs trimmed back away from the house, as fallen limbs can do a great deal of damage to your roof during a windstorm. Have the health and stability of large trees assessed every two to three years by an arborist, who can alert you if a tree shows signs of potentially falling on your home during high winds.
- Check Storm Windows:
Well-adjusted storm windows provide protection against windy weather. Make certain those windows are tightly secured, and add weather stripping to keep out drafts.
Now that you know how to “batten down the hatches”, you can rest easy the next time the wind howls outside.
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