The beauty of the clouds parting and the sun shining makes us forget the heavy storm. Rarely do we take time to think of the effects that the heavy storm could have caused. Pulling out the effects of wind on roofs is also a big challenge for homeowners. Therefore, if we’re not careful, we end up becoming victims of a damaged roof.
One of the best ways of ensuring your home’s safety is checking the status of your roof often. You should also have a professional roof inspection at least twice a year or after high winds. In this article, we’ll list the most common effects of wind damage.
The areas most affected by high winds are the edges of your asphalt roof shingles and other pressure points. During a roof inspection, you should request the roofer to check for curling shingles. Identifying curled shingles is straightforward and easily achievable through a basic visual examination.
Shingles are very resourceful when it comes to keeping water out. Hence, once the shingles are damaged, roof leaks will be inevitable. Failure to promptly address this issue may result in the deterioration of your roof.
Damaged or Missing Shingles
In cases of very strong winds, you might experience missing or damaged shingles. Checking for a missing shingle is an easy task and might not require any expertise. You can identify it by broken pieces on the ground around your home. A leak can also be another sign of damaged shingles. If you see any signs of missing or broken shingles, it’s advisable to seek the services of a professional roofer.
The roofer will inspect the extent of the damage and advise you accordingly. Severe damage might require a complete roof replacement.
Once in a while, the wind might not be too strong to destroy your roof completely. However, the granules that add beauty to your shingles are not spared. Apart from adding aesthetic beauty to your roof, granules also protect your home. The granules are expected to erode over time. However, a severe wind can sweep the shingles, causing rapid and sudden deterioration. This comprises the integrity of your roof.
To check for granule loss on your roof, check these signs:
- Inspect your gutters for unexpected buildup of granules following a windstorm.
- Use a sturdy ladder to check the condition of your roof shingles. (Avoid walking around your roof after a storm as it can be very dangerous).
- Should the seal be compromised, you’ll notice a subtle line along the perimeter of your shingles.
Gutters are also affected by windstorms. These are very important parts of every roofing system. They help keep your roof dry for better functionality. At the same time, they can also be a good place for indications of wind damage on your roof. Gutters can withstand high winds, but debris picked by the wind can sometimes hit them. This may result in dents or cause them to move away from the roof’s edge. If you notice signs of gutter damage after high winds, ensure you act fast and have them repaired immediately. You should also have a professional roof inspection to ensure your roof is in good condition.
Leaks and Water Stains
Water and leak stains are clear indicators of roof damage and should be attended immediately. After a strong windstorm, it is very crucial to inspect your home’s interior for signs of water leaks. There are many ways water can seep through to your interior from the roof. It can pass through compromised flashing and gaps in damaged or curved roof shingles. Once it passes through the roofing system, it’ll find its way to the ceiling or walls.
If you notice water stains on these places or spot active spots during a storm, act promptly. Prolonged roof leaks can lead to:
- Mold growth
- Severe structural damage
- Potential health for occupants.
Addressing roof leaks and water stains promptly can prevent severe damage to:
- Your home’s interior
- Electrical systems
Soffit and Fascia Damage
The main purpose of soffit and fascia in any roof is to protect the underside of the roof from the elements. The two also add to your roof’s aesthetic appeal. When your roof is damaged by wind, there is a very high chance that the soffit and fascia will be hit, too. Soffit and fascia play a big role in protecting your roof against water damage. However, they’re very susceptible to wind damage.
Having your roof inspected after a storm goes a long way. At Hardworking Roofing and Construction, we’re known for precise and punctual project completion. Reach out to us now for top-notch roof inspection, repair, and replacement services.