Are you wondering if your roof has been damaged by the wind? We are going to cover how wind can damage your roof and the inspections needed to identify wind damage to your roof.
Storms can fool us. Even storms which don’t dump rain and hail on us can still damage your roof.
A storm which packs powerful winds, even without rain and hail, can cause extreme damage to your roof. Your roof is designed to handle normal wind, but the intense gusts and high wind speeds in a storm can cause roof damage, damage which may not be noticed immediately.
Wind can cause stress points to develop in your roof. The stress points are weakened areas which continue to weaken over time, resulting in damage shingles and potential water leaks and damage.
Wind – High-Speed Projectiles
It is not always the fast-moving air that causes damage. The wind carries fast moving dirt and debris. The debris is thrown against your shingles which can cause broken shingles and roof damage. That is why it is important to carefully inspect your roof after every storm. You want to verify there are no weakened or damaged areas which could result in further damage to your home.
Roof Damage after Strong Winds – What To Look For:
There are five major areas of concern to check for after a storm with strong winds:
Roof Corners and Perimeter:
Check the corners and edges of your roof carefully. These areas are more susceptible to damage from the wind than other parts of your roof.
Shingles which have lifted from the corners and edges can be cracked or leave gaps which expose the underlying insulation. This increases your risk of water damage to your home.
Make sure the shingles are not even slightly loose. Loosened shingles are highly susceptible to further damage in the next storm. Loosened shingles can lift away from your house and start a peeling process which removes entire areas of shingles in a gust of wind.
Flying Debris and Tree Branches
Flying debris and tree branches brushing your roof can cause more damage than the wind alone. Make sure to keep trees trimmed away from your home. Double check to make sure dead branches and sticks are cleared from the trees so they don’t blow onto your roof.
Gutters And Downspouts
The gutters and downspouts along the edge of your roof need to be carefully inspected after storms. Verify they are not clogged with debris. Keeping them clean ensures you don’t have water backing up into the eaves and along the base of your home.
Ignoring your roof after a storm guarantees the damage will only get worse and more expensive to fix. Careful inspections can identify small problems which can be fixed quickly and inexpensively before they turn into major problems requiring a roof replacement.
Inspections Should Be Done Be Professional Roofing Contractors
Inspecting your roof can be hazardous. The professionals at Ultimate Roofing have been trained to safely inspect your roof and uncover any damage before it becomes worse.
The type of inspection required depends on your roofing style and materials. A thorough inspection includes the following:
Your roof inspection must include your chimneys, gutters, and flashing. These areas are sources for leaks just as much as the shingles.
Your outdoor inspection checks for signs of moisture, dampness, and peeling on the exterior of your home. The indoor inspection checks your attic for signs of water leaks to make sure nothing has been missed from the outside.
Composition shingles need to be inspected for breaks, curls, and other damage. The shingles need to be inspected for loss of protective granulation, too.
Wood shingles are inspected for breaks, mold, decay, curls, splits and to determine if they are lifting from the roof.
Flat roof surfaces are checked for patches, cracks, and tears. The inspection checks for blisters and wrinkles which could cause future leaks, too.
Ultimate Roofing can help you on your next roofing project. Call and set up an appointment.
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