Signs of a Wind-Damaged Roof

The storm may have passed, but your roof may not be out of danger. While it’s designed to protect your home, belongings, and family from the worst Mother Nature has to offer, your roof might not have weathered the storm unscathed. Even if you can’t see any visible evidence of damage or if there aren’t any leaks, the shingles and roof decking still may have wind and hail damage. Strong winds also can pull on your roof and cause stress and weak points that can cause expensive repairs down the road

How Does Wind Damage Happen?

Wind moves across a roof in gusts. Even prolonged periods of straight-line winds will affect your roof in different ways. Corners and edges of the roof experience higher wind pressures, and because of this most roof damage caused by wind starts at the edges. Also, any area that has a structure in the roof such as HVAC equipment or gutters can experience higher stresses, and these structures can pull and tear at the roofing material, which creates weak spots, damaged shingles, and, eventually, leaks. 

Any area where the roofing material is even a little loose can be pulled up by high winds, and if this happens often enough, the material can begin to peel and create leaks. 

Signs of Damage

Obvious damage can be seen right after the storm, as some shingles may have parts missing or may have been torn from the roof altogether. Some of this damage might be visible from the ground, and this depends on how extensive or complex your roof system is. 

Here are some common roofing materials and structures and what you can look for during a post-storm inspection:

  • Asphalt and composition shingles – The most common type of residential shingle is very durable and can withstand damage and high winds—to an extent. Common issues with asphalt shingles include curling from intense heat or cold. This type of roof covering has a granular surface that can be lost over time. 
  • Wood shingles or shakes – Wood shingles are heavier than standard asphalt shingles and over time they can mold and decay. This means they can loosen during high winds, and while they may still be attached to the roof, their ability to protect it from leaks will have been greatly diminished. 
  • Flat roofs – Mostly found on commercial buildings, flat roofs are usually built up with material or covered in a membrane. Wind may not be directly responsible for damage to these kinds of roofs, but flying debris and hail can cause blisters or wrinkles.
  • Soffits, gutters, and fascia – Wind can damage these and loosen their connections to the house and roof. 
  • Chimneys – The flashing around chimneys is prone to tearing, as the weight of a chimney can move independently from the house. Wind can easily damage this flashing, which in turn can create leaks.

Call Frederic Roofing

After the storm, if your inspection uncovers damage to any of these kinds of roofing materials or structures, call Frederic Roofing. We can not only assess the damage and quickly stabilize the roof, but we can also work with your homeowner’s insurance claim so you know what’s covered and how to avoid paying more than your deductible.