When it comes to experiencing roof damage, the most likely time this will happen is during storms, with roof damage due to wind being a main catalyst. Although the majority of roofing materials are made to withstand all the elements thrown its way, eventual roof storm damage is almost inevitable in some cities. Due to the likelihood of roof damage leading to more serious home issues like leaking and mold, wind damage to the roof should always be taken seriously. That said, if you see signs of wind damage to the roof after a storm, it is important to get it looked at and repaired by a professional as soon as possible.
Below are 5 signs of wind damage to your roof that will help teach every homeowner how to identify roof wind damage.
- Missing and/or Curling/Lifting Shingles: Strong winds paired with heavy rain can often pull and blow shingles right off your roof. However, sometimes the high winds simply cause your shingles to become lifted and curl. Curling/lifting shingles are most common with aging shingles and are most often found at stress points on the roof, like the edges and the corners. Note that once the shingles are curled or lifting, they are no longer effective at keeping water from leaking through the roof. That said, both missing shingles and curling/lifting shingles should be replaced as soon as possible.
- Roof Leaks: Roof leaks are perhaps one of the easier forms of roof storm damage to identify, simply because there is water coming into your house where it absolutely shouldn’t. However, sometimes leaks aren’t as visible as you would assume. After a bad storm, be sure to peak into your attic or on your top floor crawl space for wet spots or water dripping from the ceiling. Although these smaller spots of water may not lead to a flood of the house, it can lead to mold, which is also very serious. If you discover wet spots, we recommend that you call a roofing expert immediately!
- Debris in Gutter System: High winds paired with heavy rains will often wash away the granules from the shingle and load them right into your gutters. After a storm, keep an eye out for excessive shingle granules in your gutters. If you end up discovering a notable amount of stone grit and debris, we recommend that you call a reputable roofer to come check your roof for potential damage.
- Chimney Flashing: In strong winds, it is common to experience some pull up on your chimney flashing and the flashing around pipes and skylights. If you can see some lifting or curling of the chimney flashing, be sure to check or have a roofing professional check whether the metal flashing is split or missing altogether. Cracks and space between your exhaust pipes and the shingles can leave you open to unwanted water damage and bugs entering your home. That said, if you suspect that you have chimney flashing damage, be sure to have it professionally repaired as soon as possible.
- Debris on the Roof and Around Home: Visible debris is a common sign of wind damage to your roof, even in small amounts. Debris, such as fallen tree branches, could have potentially hit the roof hard or in a vulnerable spot causing unwanted roof damage. When possible, we recommend always calling a roofing expert to inspect your roof for debris damage. However, if you are going to do the inspecing yourself, safely remove the debris and carefully review the condition of shingles underneath. Be sure to be as careful as possible and avoid walking on the roof, if you can. Remember, if you do not feel comfortable or are simply unable to remove the debris and inspect the roof yourself, a roofing contractor will be able to quickly remove any debris during a roof inspection and check out the shingles underneath for you.
If you are still unsure if your roof has experienced roof damage due to wind or if you have identified damages that need to be repaired, contact RT Roofing Specialists Inc. We can have one of our expert roofers on site quickly to do a thorough roof inspection, as well as make any necessary repairs. Give us a call at (858) 206-9685 today!