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Warning Signs of a Wind-Damaged Roof
Whenever there is a weather warning, it’s natural to be concerned about the safety of our families and our homes. Storms can cause all sorts of problems for property owners, including damaged shingles, leaks, and other kinds of roof repair needs. Of course, even a seemingly minor problem can quickly become a major issue, as roof damage can lead to moisture and further structural damage elsewhere in your home.
For these reasons, it’s important for homeowners to be on alert after storms and high wind events, addressing any issues as quickly as possible. But how do you know if your roof has wind damage? Let’s take a look at some common signs of wind damage on residential roofs and what to do if you think your roof may need repairs.
How Wind Can Cause Damage to Your Property
Wind can often cause more damage than homeowners expect. High winds can result in hazards to your house and the surrounding areas, for example, torn down power lines, uprooted trees, and fallen branches. While we tend to expect these community dangers after a storm, the wind can also cause structural issues for your property.
When a high wind hits your roof, shingles can loosen and fall off. If wind speeds are very high, even brand new, secure shingles can be torn off. No matter how old your roof is, you should make a habit of consulting with professionals for a roof inspection after any major weather event.
Common Signs of Wind Damage to Your Roof
There are a number of signs to look out for if you have had high winds in your local area. These include the following:
Entire Shingles Are Missing from Your Roof
One of the easiest ways to determine whether your roof has been damaged by the wind is to look for a loss of entire shingles. If you find shingles around your property or in your yard, you should make sure you get a professional to come to your property as soon as possible. Without every protective shingle securely in place, your roof is vulnerable to further damage, including leaks.
The Edge of the Roof is Curling Due to Peeling Shingles
Your roof’s pressure points, such as the edges, are more likely to end up taking damage from the wind. Look out for curling shingles where the wind has taken hold and started to peel the shingles. Shingles are important for keeping out water, so if they have become loose, you could end up experiencing water damage in your home. Peeling shingles can also lead to the further deterioration of your roof’s overall condition.
Your Shingles Are Losing Granules
Another indicator to look out for is the loss of granules, i.e. the sandpaper-like grit of the shingle. Granule loss is a normal part of roof weathering, but the process can be accelerated by repeated exposure to hail storms or especially strong winds. Take a look in your gutters—if you notice gritty particles, this could be a clear indicator that your roof has been compromised as a consequence of storm damage.
What to Do If You Think Your Roof Has Wind Damage
While we recommend that homeowners have a roofing contractor perform a roof inspection annually, it’s important to keep a weather eye out for damage after a storm. Catching the early signs can help you prevent minor issues from becoming major problems—and a professional roof inspection is the only way to get the full picture of your roof’s condition after a storm.
If you notice missing or misshapen shingles, gritty granules in your gutter or other areas, or any other clear signs of damage (such as fallen branches or power lines), don’t hesitate to call the professionals at Sherriff Goslin. We can provide you with the exact level of roof repair or replacement needed for your home, backed by Michigan’s best guarantees and customer service.
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