Wind is a powerful adversary, exposing even the most sturdy of roofs to intense gusts of air that can directly dislodge shingles and other roof components, as well as precipitate a barrage of flying storm debris that crashes into and damages the overall structure of the house itself. Here are a few tips for assessing roof damage from wind and what you can do about it:
Evaluate Your Roof As Soon as You Move Into Your Home
To understand any type of roof damage from wind, you need to have a firm understanding of your roof in general. When you first move into your home, take time to really look at your roof. Do you have a simple, A-frame roof with only one pitch or do you have a complex roof incorporating multiple peaks and offsets. Certain types of roofs are more resilient against strong winds (like hip roofs), as are some roofing materials (like metal and Class H asphalt shingles). Knowing the style of roof you have and the materials it incorporates allows you to better anticipate potential issues when strong winds actually hit.
Be sure to maintain your roof throughout the year, not just during storm season. If your roof is relatively new (within five years of installation), you can probably inspect your roof from the ground and look for leaks inside the home yourself. Older roofs, however, should be evaluated by a professional every few years. Make sure your roof is sound before storms hit, that way if damage does occur, it will be easier to spot and less likely to be as severe since the underlying foundation of the roof is known to be uncompromised.
Look for Leaks
Of course, one of the tell-tale signs of roof damage from wind is a leak inside your home. Constantly be on the lookout for water stains, active drips and evidence of mold. But don’t assume your roof hasn’t experienced any damage just because you don’t see any leaks or smell something musty. Water can be insidious, soaking into interior walls and leaving no obvious or immediate trace. Thus, even if you don’t notice any problems inside your house, head outside and look at your roof and surrounding lawn. Clogged gutters; missing, broken or mishapened shingles; loose flashing; damaged chimneys; and scattered roofing granules near your downspouts can all be indications that your home has experienced roof damage from wind and will need to be professionally assessed.
Seek Advice from a Professional
Any major roof damage from wind will always need to be addressed by a professional roofing company. Don’t try to fix something yourself. Experienced roofers know how to safely ascend your roof’s pitch(es) and are better prepared to identify and repair roof issues in the most effective way.
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Roof damage from wind is not always evident. But even when it is, it can be hard to address since roofs by their very nature are difficult to access. Their height and slope and construction pose risks, especially for people who have not been specifically trained to deal with them. To protect both yourself, as well as your home, contact a professional for help. Our team of roofing experts at Alpha Elite Roofing can ensure that your home’s roof damage from wind is properly repaired and your family is kept safe and secure.