How to Know if You Have Roof Damage from Wind

How to Know if You Have Roof Damage from Wind

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 AppletonMenasha, Greenville, Kimberly, Kaukauna, Neenah, and Oshkosh areas.

Read More: Different Ways a Roof Can Get Damaged & How to Tell If You Need a Roof Repair

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.



Shingle Damage from Winter Storm

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.

Read More: 6 Key Questions To Ask Your Roofing Contractor Before Hiring

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.


Wind Damage Repair

Contact Us

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.

How Winter Affects Your Roof & Maintenance Tips to Know

How Winter Affects Your Roof & Maintenance Tips to Know

How Winter Affects Your Roof

One important aspect often overlooked is the impact winter can have on your roof. Extreme cold temperatures, snow damage, ice buildup, and overall freezing conditions can significantly affect the integrity and performance of your asphaltsteel, or rubber roof.

From strong winds, to freezing water, to even in the worst cases roof collapse, there are a number of winter elements that could put extra stress on your roof during cold weather.

As winter in Wisconsin sets in, it brings a unique set of challenges for home and business owners. Let’s discuss the various ways winter weather can impact your roof and provide essential maintenance tips to help protect your home during the cold months.

Ice Dams

Ice Dams

A common roofing problem during the winter months is the formation of ice dams on roofs. Ice dams occur when heat from the interior of the house melts the snow on the roof, which then refreezes at the eaves.

This cycle creates an ice barrier that prevents proper drainage. In turn, this causes water to seep beneath shingles, creating potential damage to the roof structure.

Maintenance Tip:

To prevent ice dams, you’ll want to ensure that there is proper insulation and ventilation in your attic, as well as adequate sealing around chimneys, vents, and other openings.

Read More: Roofing Inspection Checklist

Snow Buildup

Snow Buildup

Another issue your roof may experience during the winter months (especially in January and February) is a lot of snow buildup.

Heavy snowfall can put significant stress on your roof. In the worst cases, the weight of accumulated snow can exceed the load capacity your roof was designed to handle, leading to structural damage or even collapse.

Maintenance Tip:

To help prevent too much snow accumulation, it’s important to remove snow as quickly (and safely!) as possible! If you’re comfortable with DIYing your snow and ice removal, you can use a roof rake.

Or, hire a local roofing professional to assist with very large snow buildup. Note: be sure to avoid using sharp tools or excessive force, as these can damage the shingles or underlying layers.

Contact ACS Roofing today and prevent snow damage!

Freeze Thaw Cycles

Freezing & Thawing

Winter weather in the state of Wisconsin can cause significant fluctuating temperatures, which, in turn, causes a cycle of freezing and thawing. When snow or ice melts during the day and refreezes overnight, it can lead to the formation of ice within the roof’s structure.

When the ice expands and contracts, it can significantly affect the integrity of your home’s roof. This can lead to leaks, cracks, or other roof damage. So, how can you help prevent this from happening?

Maintenance Tip:

We recommend that you contact your local roofing company for a regular inspection before and after freeze-thaw cycles to help find and address any issues in your roof system as quickly as possible.

Read More: Top 4 Roofing Tips for Wisconsin Weather



Another common issue you may notice during the cold winter months is the buildup of condensation. This often occurs in poorly insulated attics. Condensation appears whenever warm air from inside the home or business rises and meets the cold underside of the roof.

After a while, the condensation can lead to mold growth, rotting wood, and even a breakdown of insulation. Without any intervention, condensation can cause extensive interior home damage.

Maintenance Tip:

To help prevent condensation from getting out of hand, you’ll want to ensure that there is proper ventilation. Be sure that your soffit and ridge vents are unobstructed. You may also want to discuss with your roofing contractors or air quality experts about installing a vapor barrier to help reduce moisture buildup.

Read More: What is the Best Roofing Material for Inclement Weather?

Gutters and Downspouts

Gutters & Downspouts

Lastly, another way that winter affects your roof is by causing issues with your gutters and downspouts. During the winter season, you’ll need to periodically pay attention to your gutters and downspouts, since they play a critical role in keeping water away from your roof and foundation.

During the winter months, your gutters and downspouts may become clogged with ice, heavy, wet snow, or frozen debris. When this happens, water can overflow and seep into the roof or collect near the foundation, causing potential water damage.

Maintenance Tip:

To prevent this from happening, be sure to regularly clean your gutters and ensure they are securely attached to the roofline, especially during the autumn months before the snow flies. (In general, fall is the best time of year to install a roof or work on your gutters, etc., to prepare for winter).

Also, consider talking with your local roofing or gutter installation company about installing gutter guards on your home to prevent debris buildup.

Beyond these issues, you should check out our other article here about the different ways a roof can get damaged.

How Winter Affects Your Roof

Why Choose ACS Roofing?

Snow and ice buildup? Wind damage? Even a few inches of snow and ice can cause significant issues with your roof or gutter system. This is especially true throughout the months of November, December, January, February, and March.

At our Appleton roofing company, we know from personal experience how winter can impact the integrity of your home or business’ roof. We care about proper insulation, ventilation, regular inspections, and snow removal, as each are critical factors in keeping your roof well-maintained.

From ice dams, to missing shingles, to clogged gutters, our roofing contractors have been able to assist or provide recommendations to our Fox Valley clients since we first opened in 2003. Beyond Appleton, we also serve the areas in and around Menasha, KimberlyKaukauna, and Oshkosh.

Our Roofing Services

ACS Roofing provides professional roofing services and home improvement for both residential and commercial clients. These include roof installations, roof replacements, window installations/replacements, gutters, siding, and even custom garages.

We recommend following the maintenance tips listed in this article. If you have further questions about how winter affects your roof, please do not hesitate to reach out to our roofing contractors today and we’ll be happy to help you!


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