Hail is usually the first weather event that comes to mind when homeowners think about roof damage, but high winds can also be very destructive. Many shingles are designed to withstand winds up to 60 mph. But lighter winds can also be problematic if your roof is older or vulnerable from prior damage.
The warning signs of roof damage go beyond a shingle laying in your front yard. If your home has endured high winds, there are multiple areas to inspect. You should only perform inspections within your capability and comfort zone. If you don’t have the necessary tools or skills, find an experienced contractor to climb on the roof. The following is a list of things a professional will look for:
Debris on Your Roof
The most obvious sign of high winds is finding branches or other debris on your roof. That should be a sign to take a closer look at your shingles for minor issues and extensive damage.
Damaged or Missing Shingles
Missing shingles can be easy to spot from ground level. However, it is harder to detect damaged ones that are curled or broken. These problems can create space for water to enter your home during the next storm. Damage is more common near the roof’s edge, corners, and flashing, so roof inspection should start there.
Granules in Gutters
If you notice granule debris in your gutters or pouring out of your downspouts, it has blown off your shingles. While some loose granules might be okay, a considerable amount means your roof is less protected. The granules on asphalt shingles offer protection from UV rays, so keeping them intact is essential.
Bent or Missing Fascia or Soffit
In addition to adding curb appeal, fascia and soffits are important elements of your roof. Fascia is the vertical piece that hangs directly under the roof’s edge. Soffits are the horizontal piece that connects your exterior wall to the bottom of the roof. They keep water out of spaces it does not belong. High wind can bend or completely blow them off, leaving your home vulnerable to water leaks.
The chimney is a prominent piece on your roof, so its damage may be more apparent from the ground. If you notice it is leaning or missing materials like bricks, mortar, or flashing, it could signify further wind damage to other areas of your roof.
Finding the Right Roofing Company
The repair expense is likely your first concern if your shingles have wind damage, but your insurance company may help cover the cost. The Rose Roofing team are experts in navigating insurance claims. If we determine you have a claim, we will work with your insurance company through every step of the process. If high winds hit your neighborhood, document the date and potential for damage. It will be helpful information for our private adjusters, who must specify the cause and details to get your claim paid quickly.
Regular roof inspections protect your home. A professional can spot minor problems before they become bigger hassles. If a wind event has occurred in your neighborhood, it is especially important to identify damage quickly. Contact Rose Roofing to schedule an inspection. Ask to be put on our annual maintenance plan for regular inspections and always have peace of mind.