Even if a storm does not produce harsh rain or hail, your roof can still receive damage from the strong winds that a storm can produce. Strong wind will create stress points on your roofing that will become weaker and weaker as time and more storms pass, until eventually those areas will need to be replaced. If you have an older roof it is important to be aware of this possibility for damage and weak points from wind damage to ensure that your roof remains leak free and in perfect working condition. Let Superior Home Improvements of Winchester, Kentucky help you better understand the effects of wind damage on your roof so you can detect the damage and know what to do if your roof is damaged.
Because wind is not uniform when it moves over a roof, certain areas are more susceptible for damage. Based on the National Roofing Contractors Association, the corners and edges of your roofing will weaken quicker under intense wind pressure but the center of the roof may not be affected at all. Winds can displace and loosen shingles on your roof, pushing the material upwards and creating an area that then becomes susceptible to even more damage. If wind blows over areas that are loosened or raised, the wind gets more purchase on the raised areas and can rip off your roof. After one shingle is missing a chain reaction will occur and you will lose more and more pieces. Once the insulation in your roof has been fully exposed, you face the potential for water damage in your home.
In addition to wind destroying your roof by itself, wind can also cause debris to collide with your roof. This will obviously cause even more damage at a quicker rate. Winds can also blow trees over onto your home, damaging your roof, gutters, and pipes.
What to Do
To avoid debris damage, ensure the trees are trimmed away from your home. Keep branches trimmed short to avoid potential damage in storms. If you suspect that you have wind damage the first thing you should do is perform a simple inspection of your roof. Take stock of your roof, look closely for missing shingles, cracks, displaced edges, and raised pieces that could eventually lead to damage. If you see obvious damage or potential damage areas, call a professional and have the repairs done sooner rather than later. Avoid larger problems by fixing the issue while it is still manageable.
If you suspect you have wind damage on your roof or want a more in depth inspection, contact Superior Home Improvements today! With an A+ rating from the BBB and as a member of Angie’s List, we can assure you that our services will meet all your standards. Proudly serving Central Kentucky, including Lexington, since 1991, our team of experienced professionals can help you with all your roofing concerns and keep your mind at ease when the next storm hits.