Guide to detecting wind damage to your roof

Wind Damage to Your Roof and How to Detect It

Here in the Chesapeake region, we have our fair share of extremely windy days. The issue is further compounded by intense summer storms and wintery arctic blasts. Did you know the effects of the wind alone on your roof could be especially harmful? This is because the wind does not move uniformly over the surface. Specific areas are more vulnerable and suffer more significant damage. And, what’s worse is that these effects are many times undetectable through a visual inspection from the ground. According to the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), the most damage occurs at the edges. Furthermore, this type of damage starts out minimal and continues to grow if left unchecked. Once a corner is left exposed, rain can seep in and cause serious problems.

Here are signs to look out for wind damage to your roof and the reasons you need to fix it ASAP.

Visible Signs From the Ground

As we said many times, you are not able to detect significant wind damage from the ground. But, there are a few things you can look out for. Check for missing pieces of metal fascia all around the edges of your roof or around your chimney. Also, missing shingles should raise a red flag. Other areas of concern are where the roof meets the walls, around exhaust pipes, valleys and angles.

Check Under Excessive Debris

Naturally, if the wind has blown a tree on your roof, you may assume there is damage. However, branches and excessive leaves and other debris may be disguising issues. Consider hiring a roofing contractor to remove the debris and perform a thorough inspection. A professional may be able to spot damages that you do not understand. This expert analysis could save you from ignoring significant issues and consequently, expensive future repairs. Additionally, a professional may detect structural damage unseen to the non-professional eye.

Look for Loss of Granules

Your shingles are covered in granules. These work to protect your roof’s surface from UV rays and act as an extra shield against harsh weather. So, should you notice a significant amount of granules in your downspout or scattered around your house, it may be time to call for a professional roof inspection.

Lifting or Peeling Shingles

If you discover shingles in your backyard, that is an undeniable sign. However, lifting or peeling shingles may not be seen right away. But, if you see signs of shingle damages such as this, you need to be concerned. Here’s why. Consider that your shingles act as a jacket for your roof. If they are “unzipped” wind could blow water and snow underneath and cause extensive damage.

Dented or Rusted Gutters

After a windstorm, you need to check your gutters for damage. They may be dented or dislodged. These channels serve to steer water away from your roof. So, when damage is left unchecked, it is not only a matter of if but when you can expect roof issues.

Wind Damage to Your Roof?

If you suspect you have experienced wind damage to your roof contact The Roof Guy for an expert evaluation. Addressing the issues swiftly will prevent expensive future repairs. Our team will perform an expert inspection of all your roofs components. We provide an honest report and present a fair estimate for any damages. Schedule your free consultation today!