High winds and roof damage
Spring is a beautiful time of the year, with the flowers and trees blooming, the warmth of the sun. Spring is the time life renews itself. Then the spring storms come and next thing you know, you have wind damage to the roof of your home. Wind and storm damage can happen other times of the year, from those cold northern winds coming during the winter, or a freak summer storm. So, it doesn’t matter the season, wind and hail damage to the roof can be critical to your home’s safety and structure.
Sometimes, it can be difficult identifying wind damage to the roof though. It isn’t always as bold as half the roof is gone or even missing shingles. So, what does wind damage to the roof look like? There are many types of roof damage caused by high winds that can result in leaks, missing shingles, and/or gutter problems.
Shingled roofs take the worse beating of all roofing materials. Even if the warranty on your roof states it can withstand winds up to 90mph, do a visual check for wind damage to the roof with a wind of 50mph or more. Check the corners, edges, and the ridgeline. It is these areas where the wind can get under and curl the shingles, or even rip them off, leaving your roof exposed to the elements.
Lifting is another result of wind damage to the roof, and from the ground, you wouldn’t know this. This is caused by the suction that high winds create when blowing over the roof and “lift” the shingles up and loosen the nails and break the sealant.
High winds collect and throw debris around and they break off tree limbs, all of which lands on rooftops. A falling limb can puncture your roof and destroy the shingles. It is important to cut all the trees around your home back to minimize this from happening.
At what wind speed do roofs come off?
You should be concerned to check for wind damage to the roof when the winds reach 45 to 50mph according to the National Weather Service. Today, most homes have a roof rating of 90mph, yet there is not any roofing material on the market that is guaranteed to withstand the winds from hurricanes or tornados.
Why are roofs blown off during storms?
During severe weather like a hurricane, thunderstorm, or a tornado, winds with high velocity can cause the air pressure to shift and create a suction that will literally raise a roof of the house.
While there are always the stories of a roof being lifted and set back down on a house, in most cases, the roof is carried off by the wind and deposited elsewhere. Sometimes it is deposited on vehicles or other structures, resulting in wind damage to roof and whatever it lands on.
If the roof of your home is ever blown off, evacuate immediately and contact your insurance company and a roofing contractor. Staying in a house, or any structure, with a missing roof, leaves you vulnerable to a weakened structure that could collapse.
What happens when wind hits a wall?
No, because air performs like an uninterrupted fluid, it cannot rebound the flow back through itself. It will be displaced sideways, and the front of the wall will have a higher wind pressure.
How do you fix wind damaged shingles?
Having a solid and sound roof is crucial to your home. This keeps you, your family, and your belongings dry and safe. As soon as you realize there is any type of wind damage to the roof, immediate action is needed to keep your roof protected from water seeping under the shingles and into the attic or walls, rotting the sheathing and more.
A roof that is 20 years old or older that has any damaged, loose, or missing shingles should be entirely replaced. However, a roof that is sound and has experienced wind damage to the roof like a damaged, loose or missing shingle, the following steps will temporarily repair it until you have a professional roofing contractor inspect it.
- Using a flat pry bar, slide it under the damaged or loose shingle and pop out any roofing nails there.
- Slide new shingle into that place, or a piece of metal or wood will suffice, making sure it is lined up with the other shingles around it.
- Carefully secure the new or replacement shingle with roofing nails as you lift the upper shingle.
What is the best roof for high winds?
Metal roofing has become the most popular and found to be the best roofing material for homes in high wind areas. Fiberglass is a good choice as well because it is strong again high winds, and asphalt shingles remain the most popular, primarily because of the cost.
As we mentioned earlier in this piece, it is important to do a visual check of your roof after a storm, especially with winds over 50mph for possible wind damage to the roof. If you suspect there is an issue on top of the roof that you can’t see from the ground, the safest thing is to call a professional roofing contractor.
Just as you should report water damage from a busted water pipe, once it is determined that there is damage, filing wind damage to the roof insurance claim immediately is essential. Not reporting it can lead to the next claim being denied if they determine there was older damage. Do you need wind damage repair in Spring, TX? Call Hellenic Roofing & Construction today at 832-704-2817!