Do I Have Wind Damage on My Roof?
Your home or commercial roof is designed to withstand the elements, however, severe wind and thunderstorms can still cause significant damage.
Wind doesn’t just hit the roof surface evenly. It is known to lift shingles, tear gutters, and even push weak structures to their breaking point. In the aftermath of an intense storm, it’s essential to perform an outdoor and interior inspection of your roof for wind damage to prevent minor issues from escalating into more severe, costly roofing problems.
How Wind Damages Your Roof
If you’ve recently had a severe thunderstorm, tornado, or winter storm tear through your neighborhood, it’s vital to check the integrity of your roof.
Keep in mind, thought, that even at moderate speeds, wind can have a lasting impact on your roof. This is because wind doesn’t move across the surface of a roof uniformly. The perimeter and corners of the roof experience higher wind pressures compared to the center.
Over time, these pressures can lead to lifted, broken, or missing shingles and even structural damage.
Furthermore, debris carried by the wind, such as tree branches, can cause significant damage. They may scratch the roofing material, dislodge shingles, or even puncture the roof in severe cases. Read info here about how to fix damaged roof shingles. Regularly inspecting your roof after a windstorm can help identify and address these issues promptly. If you are able, you can perform inspections for wind damage yourself, or contact a local roofing contractor in the Appleton, Menasha, Greenville, Kimberly, Kaukauna, Neenah, and Oshkosh areas.
How to Check for Roof Wind Damage
Now, let’s go over some tips for checking for roof wind damage on your home:
Conduct an Exterior Inspection
- Composition shingles: For this step, you should look for signs of curling, granulation loss, broken, damaged or missing shingles.
- Wood shingles/shakes: If you have this type of shingle, check for mold or decay, splitting or curling.
- Flat roof: Be on the lookout for obvious patches, cracks, or tears, along with several blisters and wrinkles (also inspect patched areas from the attic).
- Flashing: Check for tears and buckling around roof penetrations.
- Roofing cement: Watch out for excess cement or crumbling areas.
- Soffits and fascia: Look for decay or stains.
- Soffit and ridge vents: Inspect for clogged or damaged vents, curling or missing shingles, and flashing around them.
- Gutters: Check for decay or rust, leaky seams, loose attachment to the structure, bent or sagging areas, missing gutter sections or downspout, and debris-filled gutters.
- Chimneys: Look for leaning, loose or missing flashing, damaged bricks, cap, or cracked joints.
Conduct an Interior Inspection
Now that you’ve assessed the condition of your roof outside, you’ll also want to check for any signs of roof damage internally.
Look for signs of:
- Staining: Check for any brown, yellow, or gray stains
- Peeling paint: Look around on your walls and ceilings, which could indicate a possible leaking roof
- Attic: Watch for damp rafters or leaks
- Increased energy costs: If there is a sudden spike in energy cost, it could be a sign of compromised roof ventilation
We provide interior and exterior inspections in greater detail in our roofing inspection checklist article here.
Contact a Professional for an Inspection
Once you have performed the inspections yourself, you should contact a trusted local roofing contractor for a professional inspection that includes wind damage assessment and/or other roofing services.
Note: Trying to access the roof yourself could pose a risk of personal injury and may even potentially cause further damage to your home’s roof. However, a professional will have the necessary tools and knowledge for the job.
Why Choose ACS Roofing for Wind Damage Repair?
With years of experience and a commitment to quality, our roofing company can handle all your wind damage repair needs. They bring together expertise, top-quality materials, and exceptional service to restore your home’s security and curb appeal.
Left unchecked, roof wind damage can lead to issues such as leaks, structural damage, and even roof failure. Timely identification and repair of these issues can save you from facing high repair costs. If the wind damage is extensive, a full roof replacement may be required. Here’s more information in our article about repairing or replacing your roof and how to choose a new roof for your home.
The home improvement experts at ACS Roofing are ready to assist you in maintaining the health of your roof. Besides wind damage repair, we also provide roof installations and replacements, siding and window installations, new gutter systems, and custom garages.
Don’t wait for small damages to turn into bigger, costlier problems. Reach out to our roofing contractors today to ensure your home or business’ roof remains safe and sturdy! We can help you choose the right roofing material for inclement weather, such as asphalt, steel, or rubber roofing. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out today.