One of the worst things for the integrity of a roof is going through an intense storm. Surges of wind can pull up shingles and let the rain seep in. In rare cases, sometimes even hail can affect us in the Valley and cause small dents or holes in the roof.
Lucky for you, your roof is made to make it through these storms without much problem. That said, it only takes one bad storm to cause damage–and when that time comes, you’ll want to be prepared to repair it quickly to prevent water damage. Knowing what signs to watch out for will help you avoid expensive damage and early roof replacement. If you see any of these common signs of wind damage, then you need a professional inspection of your roof:
- Stone Grit Lodged In Roofing If your house is equipped with asphalt shingles, there’s a good chance that after experiencing harsher winds you should check your roof. The wind and rain can cause the grit of the shingles to wash away, exposing the shingles to the elements and leaving them unprotected. Keep your eyes peeled for areas on your roof that have dark bands or black patches.
- Shingles Lifting Up During the next storm with heavier winds, pay close attention to the shingles on your roof. If they are noticeably lifting from the wind alone, that would be your sign to get them replaced. When shingles are lifted, the sealant that keeps each layer in place breaks and allows water to spill in. Additionally, the nails holding in the shingles will become loose. Wind damage restoration is something that roof insurance can cover–so if you suspect damage after heavy winds, be sure to get your roof inspected sooner than later.
- Shingles Curling Up Over the lifespan of your roof, shingles will naturally start to curl upwards. That said, if you see curling begin after a storm, or just appearing suddenly, be sure to get your roof inspected–this can be an opportunity for water to get under the shingles and damage underneath.
- Damaged Flashing On Roof Your roof will have flashing in place to help keep smaller critters from entering your chimney or pipes. Strong winds can rip out flashing–be sure to check around your chimney, pipes, and skylights for any noticeable areas where the metal flashing could be missing.
- Debris On Roof If hit just right, even a little bit of debris can cause major damage when making contact with your roof. Keeping your roof cleared of any debris is the best way to keep your roof and shingles in top shape. If doing this yourself, be sure to be careful when inspecting and be sure to avoid walking on your roof.
It’s never too late for you to schedule a roof inspection. Mikku & Sons Roofing has been in the business for over 20 years and offers a full roof inspection for free. We want to be as sure as you are that your roof is solid–if there are any issues or points of concern, we’ll address them with a detailed plan of attack when you’re ready to proceed. Call us today or fill out our contact form!