Wind damage to shingles isn’t always obvious
Most roofs are designed to withstand winds up to 90 mph, but that doesn’t mean a hurricane is needed to cause trouble. Sustained winds around 50 to 60 mph can be strong enough to start causing wind damage to shingles, especially older shingles already at risk.
High winds can cause a considerable amount of damage to your roof with or without rain or hail. Damaged and missing shingles give way to moisture and debris which can result in a variety of problems for your home—but being able to identify when shingles has been damaged by wind can be a difficult task if you’re not a trained roofer.
Signs of wind damage to a roof
After each heavy storm, it’s important to take a look around your property and determine if any damage was caused by the weather event. Unless you’re experienced when it comes to roof work, you should not attempt to climb up onto your roof to conduct an inspection. However, you can easily take a walk around your property and see if you notice any of the signs of wind damage to your roof listed below. If you think you see something, it’s probably time to call in a professional.
Lifting or Missing Shingles
A shingle “lifts” when the nail or adhesive has started to give way. When a gust of strong wind blows across your roof, shingles are more likely to lift. This damage can worsen over time. If winds are strong enough, entire shingles can be ripped off and thrown from your roof, allowing other debris and moisture to penetrate your roofing system. This can be especially harmful if it’s simultaneously raining and windy, which can result in wind-driven rain roof leaks.
Gradual Decay & Gutter Problems
Over time, the force of strong winds against your roof can work away at the granules that make up your shingle, causing some of them to wear loose and fall into your gutters. This type of wind damage to shingles is a problem for two main reasons: 1) As the granules wash away, they leave behind thinner and thinner shingles, increasing the chances of breakage over time, and 2) these granules can build up in your gutters and eventually block gutter flow, leading to moisture backup and ice dams in the winter.
Broken or Missing Flashing
Flashing is the aluminum or galvanized steel material used to cover gaps and creases, as well as around chimneys and other vulnerable areas of your roof to help prevent water leaks. During a big wind, hail or rainstorm, these areas are especially prone to damage. If your roof’s flashing is damaged or removed, water can enter your roofing system and wreak havoc on your home. Taking the time after storms to check the state of your flashing can prevent the need for wind damage repairs and stop issues from forming in the first place.
It’s the things you don’t see that matter the most
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We only provide the best products for our customers, like the CertainTeed Integrity Roof System® — a strong, sturdy full-roof system. Top features of our CertainTeed roofs include:
- Winterguard waterproof underlayment
- Roofer’s Select or Diamond Deck high-performance underlayment layers
- CertainTeed shingles
- Installation of ridge vents, hip and ridge caps, drip edge, new metal flashing and specified intake venting
High winds don’t have to mean high stress
When you invest in a LONG roof, you’re not just getting a product. You’re getting the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have a high quality roof installed with expert level craftsmanship, plus a top-notch warranty.
Our SureStart PLUS five-star, transferable, 50-year warranty includes not only the cost of future shingles and labor repair, but also provides non-prorated coverage throughout the protection period, letting you rest easy even as the winds wail outside.
Our quality is the real deal. And it shows.
With more than 75 years of experience, we’ve become a trusted name in the home improvement space. Our 4.6-out-of-5-star rating on GuildQuality, based on over 5,000 reviews, has earned us the coveted Guildmaster award and the respect of our customers.