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3 Different Types of Roofing Loads

When you’re having a new roof installed, it pays to consider its roofing load limit. The fact is that a standard roofing system is always under a lot of pressure. The pressure may be temporary or permanent, but it will push against your new system upwards and downwards. To keep your replacement roof sturdy and long-lasting, its design should accommodate and withstand a few commonly anticipated loads. Next Level Roofers, one of the trusted roofing companies in the area, discusses the different types here. 

Roofing Loads
  1. Dead Load. This refers to the weight of the roof structure itself, plus any permanently attached materials or structures. When investing in a roof replacement, make sure the new system is able to support itself, first of all. The dead load limit will depend on your choice of roofing material. Asphalt shingles and metal won’t take up much, but if you’re using heavier materials, like slate or tile, you’ll need to increase the dead load your roof can handle.
  1. Live Load. The live load refers to the pressure added by temporary objects on the roofing system. This includes the weight of snow buildup, or the weight of people working on the roof, plus the equipment and tools they have with them. In a roof replacement, the new system should be designed with both dead and live loads taken into account. This way, the roof can withstand the sum of its own weight and manage the stress generated by the installers.
  1. Uplift Load. As winds hit the exterior wall of your home, they’ll disperse upward and downward along the wall. The upward movement of the wind applies an uplift load on your roof. For this reason, it’s important that your new roof can resist this uplift and remain intact. 

When you turn to one of the leading roofers in the area, Next Level Roofers, for your roof replacement, you’re always sure that our roofing load calculations are accurate. Our attention to detail ensures that your new roof can provide sturdy and superior performance for longer. We serve Orlando, FL along with The Villages and Sumter County. Call us today at (407) 237-7960 or fill out this contact form to schedule your roof evaluation.