Rain and hail aren’t the only contributors to roof damage. Strong winds can also lead to a need for roof repair. When the wind picks up, it can often wreak havoc on our homes, especially on the roofs that protect us from the elements.
Identifying wind damage to your roof is crucial to ensure the safety of your home and prevent further issues that can lead to costly repairs. So what do you look for to determine if your roof needs attention? We’ve compiled a small list of common signs indicating roof damage.
Missing or Damaged Shingles
One of the most obvious signs of wind damage is missing or damaged shingles. High winds can lift, bend, or break the shingles, leaving your roof vulnerable to water damage and leaks. When assessing your roof, look for missing, cracked, or curled shingles at the edges. If you find any of these signs, it’s time to call a professional roofer for an inspection and repairs.
Asphalt shingles are coated with granules that protect the roof from harmful UV rays and weather elements. Unfortunately, wind can cause these granules to loosen and fall off, diminishing your roof’s lifespan. If you notice granule loss, consult a roofing professional to determine if it’s time for a replacement.
Loose or Damaged Flashing
Flashing is the metal material used around roof protrusions like chimneys, vents, and skylights to seal gaps and prevent water intrusion. High winds can bend, warp, or detach the flashing, exposing your roof to leaks. Inspect your flashing for any signs of damage or separation from the roof’s surface, and if you find any issues, contact a professional for repairs.
Sagging or Leaks in the Roof Deck
The roof deck is the foundation that supports your shingles, and wind damage can lead to sagging or leaks in the deck. If you notice water stains on your ceiling, walls, or attic, it could indicate a leaking roof deck. A leak like this is a serious issue that requires immediate attention from a roofing professional to prevent further damage to your home’s structure.
Fallen Tree Limbs or Debris
Strong winds can cause tree limbs or other debris to fall onto your roof, potentially causing structural damage or puncturing the roofing materials. After a storm, inspect your roof for any visible damage caused by fallen tree limbs or debris. If you notice any damage, call a professional roofer to assess and repair the damage.
Indoor Signs of Damage
Sometimes, wind damage can manifest in less obvious ways inside your home. For example, check for drafts, sudden increases in heating or cooling bills, or changes in the comfort of your home. These issues can point to damaged roof insulation or other problems caused by wind damage.
By watching for these signs of wind damage, you can help protect your roof and home from further harm. Regular roof inspections and maintenance, especially after significant storms or high winds, can ensure that your roof remains in good condition and continues to protect your home. If you notice any of these signs, don’t hesitate to call HUF Construction for a thorough inspection. We’ll ensure you know what we find and how we plan to fix it. Then, you can depend on HUF to restore your roof to good condition.