No matter the time of year, we always seem to be wary of wind strength in this area. Who hasn’t seen some trees that get uprooted after a storm? So if wind is strong enough to pull up a tree, it makes sense that it would be able to damage our homes, right?
When it comes to spotting wind damage, some signs are obvious, but some can be hidden. We have created the list below to help you determine what to look for when you access your roof.
Something that isn’t easily noticeable is missing granules on your shingles.
Have you ever gone up to clean your gutters and found little pebbles in them along with leaves? Those are the granules from your shingles. Beyond looking in your gutters, you can also try to look from distance at your roof. You might be able to see some patches (depending on how bad the damage is) where the granules are missing.
Raised shingles can be hard to spot, but can potentially be just as harmful to your roof as a missing shingle. Think of them like having an umbrella open on a windy day. If wind gets under a raised shingle, it can remove it entirely from your roof. It could also pull up other shingles in that area, creating a big spot for damage to happen.
As shingles come up, they can pull up the nails that hold them onto the roof. This can also loosen up other shingles, making the effected area even bigger than before.
This brings us to our next point. Missing shingles are a big indicator of wind damage on your roof. Sometimes you’ll find the shingle itself when walking around your home, or you’ll see that there is a dark spot on your roof when you’re looking at it from a distance.
Unfortunately, simply replacing the missing shingle won’t necessarily do the trick. There can still be gaps, holes, or mistakes. The best course of action is to always have an expert come to inspect your roof and gauge the next step to keep your home fully protected.
While it may seem odd that wind damage can cause leaks, this is something to look out for. The wind can remove key structural components of your roof like the granules, which has long term effects.
We hope that you found this list helpful! But keep in mind, while these are some simple ways to check on your roof, your best bet is to always call an expert to inspect anything that you think might be wrong. Your roof is supposed to protect your home, it’s not worth it to have a quick fix that will continue to get worse over time.
Visit our roofing services page to learn more, or give us a call at 610-539-6730.