Strong winds during a severe storm can cause significant damage to your roof. As soon as the weather is clear, you must perform a visual inspection on your roof to determine the extent of damage before you get in touch with your local roofing company. Here are some of the most common signs that your roof suffered wind damage.
Missing or damaged shingles are the most obvious sign of wind damage. It might be localized and can be addressed right away, but it is a clear indication that your roof is losing its resistance to strong winds. A roof replacement may be necessary if the roofers find extensive wind tear-off on a huge section of your roof. Your roofing contractor should be able to perform an in-depth inspection to determine whether to repair or replace your roof.
Flashings are installed on areas of the roofing system where water could seep through and cause leaks, including vents, chimneys and other penetrations. They’re usually made of metal and are sealed properly during installation to keep water away. However, they are also vulnerable to getting damaged or even torn off by strong winds. Expect the rest of your roof to be damaged as well as soon as you notice damaged or missing flashings.
Granules Inside Gutters
A quick visual inspection following a storm may also reveal black sand-like particles on your landscaping and gutters. These are the protective granules embedded on your asphalt shingles. They play a vital role in protecting your roof from the elements, particularly the sun’s heat and ultraviolet (UV) rays. Strong winds can dislodge these granules to the point where your shingles have bald patches or spots.
Larry L. Vaught Roofing is the leading contractor for your storm damage inspection and repair needs. Our team of professional roofers has the training, knowledge and experience to identify the various types of damage your roof might have and recommend the best course of action to restore it to its original condition. Give us a call at (816) 722-2282, or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.