Signs of Wind Damage

High winds can cause serious damage to your roof, including leaks, missing shingles, and gutter damage. The corners and edges of your roof and the ridgeline are most prone to damage from strong winds. However, there are some roofing problems that are mistakenly attributed to the effects of wind.

Wind-Damaged Shingles aren’t Always Obvious

Wind-damage on shingles can occur when the force of the wind is strong enough to cause the factory-applied adhesive to fail. As the shingle lifts from the wind, more surface gets exposed to the environment, causing a greater uplift and damage. Continuous exposure to high winds can flip and crease, or even tear the shingle. Over time, when the wind force has been strong enough, the shingle sections break off and are then carried away. This is more common in parts of the roof that are exposed to high wind forces, such as eaves, hips, and ridges.

Any sealed-down shingle that feels the effects of wind damage should have evidence that the event occurred. When a shingle is not adhered, but isn’t torn, missing, creased, or folded, it’s not considered evidence of wind damage. You should make sure to contact a roofing company for an inspection following an extreme weather event. They will ensure that your roofing system is still in good shape and minor damages are spotted before they become larger issues.

Shingles Without Sufficient Adhesion Aren’t Always Wind Damaged

Shingle adhesives can fail even without strong winds. Wind can lift and remove shingles that were not adequately adhered. Some factors that can cause shingle adhesives to fail include manufacturing inconsistencies, improper installation, aging, and thermal cycling.

If you have concerns about strong wind to your roofing system, Northpoint Roofing System is always happy to help. Give us a call today for your free drone inspection.

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