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How to Spot Roof Damage After a Strong Wind Storm

Do you have a Wind Damaged Roof?

The roof of your home can sustain some damage even when the storm has not produced any hail or rain. Strong winds have a knack for creating some stress points on your roof, which over time, can weaken and become a threat.

Roofs are designed to hold true when they are hit with wind loads, but they get incrementally damaged over a period of time because of high winds or the debris. Fixing the initial damage to the roof and replacing its missing shingles is vital to prevent subsequent fuel costs or water damage.

How Wind Damages Your Roof

The way wind moves over a roof is not always uniform. Areas like the perimeter or corners can be susceptible to higher wind pressures, while a roof’s center might have lower levels of stress. According to the National Roofing Contractors Association (NCRA), most of the wind caused damage to the roof starts on the edges.

These damages may also occur where the roofing materials are looser and the wind can get below them and push them up. This creates a sort of wind peeling effect and the damage continues to grow over time because of repeated exposures.

Worse case scenario, an entire corner is lifted up and rain causes severe water damage. Every homeowner can steer away from these problems by inspecting the corners and edges of roofs to check whether they are durable and in good condition.

How to Check For Roof Wind Damages

1.    Perform an Outdoor Inspection

Look for damaged or missing shingles.  They could be torn, cracked or curled. If the damage to your roof isn’t too bad, say only about 30% of your roof is damaged, then it is quite possible you only need repairs. However, if the damage is extensive, then the roof might have to be replaced completely.

2.    Composition Shingles

This signifies a necessity to inspect your roof for granulation loss.

3.    Wood Shingles/Shakes

Your roof should also be inspected for any splitting shingles or for signs of decay or molds.

4.    Gutters

Other than the above-mentioned signs, homeowners should also look out for broken portions of their downspout or gutters. They should also see if debris has accumulated in the gutters. Clogged gutters exert additional weight on the fasteners, or get frozen and jammed shut.

5.    Chimneys

Cracked joints and damaged or leaning bricks should be looked at as part of inspections for wind damaged roofs. A very common problem here can be chimney flashing. This can easily lead to the chimney tearing away entirely from its settles.

6.    Indoor Inspections

It is recommended to homeowners to look for grey, yellow or brown stains while also looking for moisture marks indoors. You can also check your attic for leaks or damp rafters.

While all of the above can be performed on your own, it is recommended to heed the services of a professional. This is so because these experts have safety techniques and appropriate tools to pull off the perfect inspections and repairs.  

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