You might feel that the wind has left your roof untouched, especially if you don’t see any shingles blown off. In most cases, you may be wrong. Wind can cause series of damages to your roof, leaving it vulnerable to leaks and further problems, as well as decreasing its lifespan in the process without you knowing.
When the wind blows, it creates a massive amount of pressure on the shingles. Damages to the roof are not caused by the wind itself going beneath the shingles, but rather from the vacuum-like forces; it creates on the surface. If you’ve ever seen a clip of a tornado approaching a house, and the sudden lift of the house’s entire roof as though it were a lid, it is the same uplift force that can damage your shingles, although on a much smaller scale.
When the roof of your building gets uplifted by the wind, the first thing it does to your shingles is break the adhesive seal. Immediately the adhesive seal gets shattered, the shingles become vulnerable to being torn off completely. These lose shingles will flap loosely whenever a thunderstorm occurs again, thus allowing rainwater to pass beneath it, where it isn’t supposed to be.
Furthermore, wind-driven rain can create leaks and damage your home’s interior, although its common practice for most insurance companies and their engineering firm associates to claim that broken seals cannot be classified as damages, but they are and should be classified as one.
How To Detect Wind Damage
Inspect to see if the chimney flashing is split or missing. The chimney flashing is a stress point for high winds which can easily be lifted by strong winds targeted at just the right angle.
Roof leaks are very easy to find because you can see water coming into your house where it shouldn’t. Look in your attic or on your top floor for wet areas or spots with water dripping from the ceiling. Also, endeavour to contact an expert roofer without delay as soon as you can identify any roof leak!
Powerful winds, heavy rain, or falling tree branches can cause damage to your roof’s shingles.
Lifting Shingles are very hard to spot unless you’re actually looking for them, the shingles appear intact from the ground. Although, the nails have loosened, “lifting” the shingle up, and eventually breaking the sealant between each shingle layer, leading to a likely increase in roof leaks.
Strong winds and heavy rains can wash away the granules from the shingle, and load them directly into the gutter. Watch out for excessive shingle granules in the gutter, and when you find them, get in touch with an expert roofer to come out and check your roof for repair.
Curling shingles usually occur at stress points on the roof such as; the edges, the corners, near the chimney, at the ridge, etc. When shingles are curled, they are unable to keep water from passing through the roof, although these are difficult to spot compared to when a shingle is simply missing.
A well-built roof, constructed by a professional roofing expert can withstand high winds for a long time compared to a poorly constructed roof. Contracting the services of certified and tested roofing experts is the way to go for a roof replacement, storm restoration or repair. Get in touch with us at Maze Construction now for a free estimate