Wind and Your Roof

Many homeowners think that the only features of a storm that can damage their roof are hail and precipitation such as ice and rain. However, a storm that passes through and produces neither hail nor precipitation can still damage your roof, if it comes with high winds. Wind can be incredibly damaging for roofs and other features of your home, such as your siding. Here is what to look for after heavy winds to determine if you roof has sustained damage, and the ways your roof can be damaged during a wind storm.

How Wind Damages Roofing

Though it may seem like wind is a steady force, it rarely moves in a steady or consistent pattern over your roof or around your home. This swirling and eddying of wind currents across your roof can cause loose edges of shingles and flashing to lift up and peel away from the roof surface. While one wind storm may not cause damages, over time, this peeling and lifting can cause shingles and flashing to weaken, come loose and tear. When shingles fail from wind they can allow water and debris to move between shingles and decking, potentially causing leaks and water damage.

Tree Branches and Debris

Flying debris can be even more damaging to your roof than the wind itself. Tree branches, dirt and leaves, glass and other flying items can catch on shingles, tearing them from the surface of your roof. Broken and hanging tree branches can rub on the surface of your roof damaging shingles and creating openings for water and other debris to sneak between shingles and decking. This debris can also fill in gutters and downspouts adding extra weight and causing damage and clogging of these features. It’s important to remember that if you have trees on your property, that they are well maintained and are not allowed to rest or rub against your roof.

How is Damage Determined

The best way to determine if your roof has been damaged during a wind storm is to do a visual inspection. If you feel comfortable and have the proper equipment, you may be able to inspect your roof yourself. However, most homeowners will benefit from the eyes and experience of a professional roofing company to do this type of inspection. A professional roof inspection will help you find small damages that you might not notice. A professional will also inspect your gutters, downspouts and flashing to ensure that any damages to these features are documented and repaired if necessary.

Repairing Roof Damages

If your roof has sustained damages following a wind storm, you have a couple of options for making repairs. If damages are small or only impacted a small part of your roof, the damaged areas can easily be repaired by replacing a few shingles or installing new flashing. However, if your roof has sustained more substantial damages, you may need to have your roof replaced. Before you make any repairs to your roof, you will want to consult with your homeowner’s insurance to determine if they will cover all or a portion of the repair costs. 

Martino Home Improvements knows that making roof repairs and replacements can be very stressful. That’s why we work closely with each homeowner and their insurance company to ensure that repairs are made properly and within the limits of insurance coverage. If you think your home has sustained damage to the roof from wind, hail or rain, contact us today to receive a professional inspection and a quote for a quality roof repair from our roofing experts. Call us at (248) 629-9260 or use our online contact form to request an estimate.

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If you need a bid for your home’s concrete repair project, include Martino Home Improvements on your list of contractors. We promise fair pricing, quality products, and great customer service. To schedule an estimate for your concrete project or learn more about our home improvement services, please call us at (248) 629-9260 or use our handy online contact form.

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