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How to Determine if High Winds Damage Your Roof

Oct 18

 

Winds can cause damage to homes, which many homeowners are unaware of. The force of the wind can cause dangers like fallen branches, uprooted trees, and downed power lines on your property as well as in the area around it. Although these risks are generally associated with a major storm, the wind itself can cause structural damage to your house. When strong winds blow, shingles can come off roofs or become detached. Even new, secure shingles could be blown away by the speed of strong winds. The force of strong winds can cause roof damage caused by fallen debris and other objects like tree branches, as well as downed powerlines. This type of wind damage can be repaired with the use of city roofing and exteriors.

Wind Damage

What wind speeds should you be worried about?

45 mph to 55 mph

A gust of 45 mph could cause minimal damage, according to the National Weather Service, although this is classified as "non-severe." Winds that are not severe can cause shingles or tree limbs to loosen or be susceptible, and can cause them to fall.

58 mph to 74 miles per hour

If winds are particularly strong, they can create major damage to landscaping and structures. These kinds of winds could cause damage to trees as well as structures, and can even allow to downroot entire trees and shingles and cause chimney issues.

75+ miles per hour

This speed will cause trees to fall and mobile homes to flip and cause massive destruction to residential and commercial roofs.

 

Wind Damage to Your Roof: How to Identify It

We can examine your roof if you've recently experienced winds as high as 45 mph. Damage from wind to the roof can be seen in loose or missing shingles as well as chimney problems, curling and peeling shingles, loss of granules damaged fascias or soffits and leaks inside. Tree branches may also fall during high winds, causing roof damage.

Examples of Roof Wind Damage

  • You are missing granules in Spots Shingles
  • Granule loss can be caused by wind, hail or any other weather-related conditions. The first place to look to determine if we have missing granules is your gutters. This is where they can accumulate.
  • The roof's edge curled because of peeling the shingles. Wind is more likely than other pressure points to cause damage to the roof. We'll look for shingles that are curly that have taken hold and begun to peel off the shingles in our inspection. Shingles are waterproof, and should they fall off they will result in water damage and ultimately lead to a rapidly deteriorating roof.
  • Roof Shingles are missing in their entirety The most obvious sign of a damaged roof. You should contact an expert if you see the shingles are missing from your backyard or even on your property. The force of the wind can completely pull the roofing shingles off, exposing it to elements.
  • A flat rubber Roof with tears or cracks We'll look the material for tears or missing pieces in the material in the case of a flat roof. The wind can lift the material and rip it away and leave behind bubbles that compromise the roofing's quality.
  • Fascia or Soffit Damage : Soffit and the fascia, just like shingles, help keep water away from your roof, lowering the risks of leaks. Broken fascia and soffit can lead to flooding and even animals getting into your home. Cracks, loose or twisted areas, or even complete removal of loose fascia may be the result of the winds.
  • Chimneys: Is your chimney slightly off-center? This should alert you to the existence of a problem. We occasionally discover missing lashing, which compromises the chimney's seal and lets water through.
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