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How Extreme Weather Affects Home Construction

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The use of sturdy, weatherproof lap siding is essential in the home construction industry. Because wind, rain, snow, cold, drought, heat, and sun all affect the state of your home, and because harsh weather can have a detrimental effect on its structure, many builders choose to utilize fiber cement siding when building. The greatest materials for the environment build homes since home builders are aware of the local weather conditions.

Here is how the effects of weather have an impact on a house.


Uplift and racking are two situations that wind can bring on. When a swiftly flowing wind generates a region of lower pressure on the leeward roof slope, walls, and inside of the home, up-lift occurs. The pressure inside the house can force the structural elements outside. In regions that frequently experience severe weather, such as hurricanes and tornadoes, homebuilders utilize unique connectors to secure the roof to the house. When the tremendous wind forces do not strike the house directly, racking may happen. The house’s framework will typically be able to handle the racking strain, but exceptionally strong winds can tear the roof’s shingles off. By forcing rain up under roof shingles, vertical siding, window frames, doors, and roofs, the wind can also cause significant damage. To prevent damage to your home, all these building components must be erected and maintained correctly.


There are more architectural breaches in the walls and roof of a home, which makes it more susceptible to rain damage when architects are more imaginative. If these breaches are not properly sealed and maintained, they may allow water to seep in. There are two basic ways that rain can harm your house. First, when chimneys, skylights, and plumbing vents are installed, the roof becomes “penetrated” and needs to be sealed with flashing, caulk, and roof cement.

To avoid water damage, experts must evaluate sealing materials yearly and update or repair them as all sealing systems eventually expand, dry out, and degrade. The foundation of the house is the second issue. The soil’s capacity to absorb rain affects how stable the house is. Leaks in basements and crawl spaces can happen when soil becomes saturated and is unable to absorb and drain the water; in extreme circumstances, this can lead to the foundation shifting. Homes withstand the soil conditions in the region where they are located. The soil’s capacity to absorb rain is essential to the structure.


A home’s design takes into account the amount of snowfall. The snow is dense. About 10 to 15 pounds per cubic foot of light snow. A cubic foot of heavy, wet snow may weigh up to 40–50 pounds. We must build roofs to withstand up to 400 pounds per square foot of the pressure, which is the equivalent of 6 feet of water on the roof, according to building rules in some hilly regions of the country. Homes bear the weight of the snow to prevent roofs from sagging, splitting, and falling. Snow does have a benefit, though; it acts as a good insulator. Snow heaped around the roof and foundations will help homes retain heat and cut heating expenses. Winters with little snowfall raise heating expenditures.

Sun and heat

When selecting building materials that are most suited to the region, builders also take into account the heat from the sun. The sun can dry out a house and hasten its aging. In warmer climes than in temperate ones, roofing materials may deteriorate much more quickly. Because the heat in attics can also cause the wood to dry out, it is a good idea to install an attic fan or ridge vents around the attic access door to help remove the hot air. The price of cooling your house might be decreased by these gadgets.

When re-roofing an older house, homeowners should always take fans and vents into account. The color of a home is another factor. Because darker colors absorb more heat than lighter ones, air conditioners will have to work harder in darker-colored homes than in lighter-colored ones. Unfortunately, regions like the desert frequently suffer extremes of both heat and cold. This leads to uneven rates of expansion and the formation of fractures and voids. Builders in arid climates prefer materials that respond well to extremes and degrade more slowly.


Drought can stress a home’s foundation and cause soil. Such as clay, to shrink and crack, which can be expensive to repair. Water, on the other hand, can cause some soils to expand and harm the foundation of a house. Builders construct homes on foundations that accommodate the stress. Therefore, the foundation is secure in locations with these types of soils. Drought can affect wells as well since it lowers the water table. Water can get contaminated with sediments and become unsafe to drink. Well, water users need to have their water routinely tested for cleanliness.


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