Winds can be vicious during a severe storm, so it may have the capacity to cause harm on your property, particularly on your roofing. It might be worth noting that high winds do not hit your roof in a uniform direction, and this increases the risk of wind damage on your asphalt shingles. Typically, the impact of wind is observed on the edges of the roof or on parts that have already been compromised prior to the storm.
Of course, not all kinds of wind can inflict major damage on asphalt shingles. For instance, winds between 45 to 57 miles per hour (mph) are considered “non-severe” by the National Weather Service because they can only cause minimal damage to roofs. These winds mostly affect shingles that are already damaged.
Meanwhile, winds at 58 to 74 mph are strong enough to cause significant damage to landscaping and building structures. In some cases, they can uproot trees or break off tree limbs, damage chimneys and tear off shingles (including those that are in good condition). Roofing experts generally recommend a thorough inspection of the roof after winds with such speeds occur in an area.
Lastly, winds at 75 mph or above are extremely strong. They can severely damage trees and flip mobile homes. Furthermore, residential and commercial roofing systems might suffer serious damage from such winds.
It’s quite helpful to have an idea of what you can expect from certain wind speeds. This information allows you to make adequate preparations and ensure your roof is ready for such a weather event.
Apart from protecting your roof against strong winds, make sure that you are also equipped with right information on what to do after a storm or after strong winds hit your area. Unfortunately, there are some popular misconceptions about wind damage on asphalt shingles, and they can affect how you assess your roof after a storm.
3 Common Misconceptions About Wind Damage on Asphalt Shingles
You have probably heard some of these statements. Now, it’s time to correct such misconceptions so that you can make the right decisions regarding your asphalt shingles.
Wind-Damaged Shingles Are Not Always Obvious
Some common signs of wind damage are creases, folds, tears, missing shingles and reduced adhesion. These issues are easy to spot, especially for a trained and experienced roofer. You may not notice them from the ground, but these types of wind damage can be recognized by professionals when they give it a closer look. That said, even if you don’t see anything out of the ordinary in your asphalt shingles, an expert might be able to detect an issue through an inspection.
Shingles With Poor Adhesion Are Wind-Damaged
Inadequate adhesion does not only occur as a result of strong winds. In some cases, poor installation causes the shingles tabs to have poor adhesion. In other instances, asphalt shingles lose their adhesion due to normal wear or because the sealant strip has failed. That said, it’s not wise to immediately assume that the adhesion of your shingles has become weaker because of wind damage. Have a roofer do a thorough inspection of your shingles and look at the other possible causes so that you can be completely sure of how to fix the damage.
Wind Damage Can Only Occur During a Severe Storm
Even milder winds can inflict damage to your asphalt shingles. This is possible if your roof is already damaged or compromised before a storm reaches your area. So, if your perception is that wind damage can only happen as a result of severe storms, you might overlook issues that have occurred due to winds that seemed mild or weren’t strong based on standards. This is one of the reasons why you should schedule regular roof inspections. By having experts check your roof on a regular basis, you can detect and address wind damage early.
You can avoid misconceptions about asphalt shingles if you directly ask professional roofers for information. That said, do not hesitate to raise questions during your consultation with a roofing contractor. As a general rule of thumb, you should call a professional if you’re not sure about some information or if you think something is wrong with your roofing.
Signs of Wind Damage on Asphalt Shingles
Below are some of the signs that you should look for if you suspect your asphalt shingles have been damaged by the wind.
Wind can cause significant amounts of asphalt shingle granules to become dislodged. When too much of these sediments are knocked off your shingles, this can leave your roof and its underlying components exposed to the elements.
This is usually the most obvious sign that your asphalt shingles have been wind-damaged. When the weather finally clears, step outside of your home, and walk around your property. If asphalt shingles have fallen on the ground, call your roofer ASAP. It’s likely that high winds have caused those shingles to be torn off, leaving your roof without protection against water damage.
The edges of your roof are naturally more prone to wind damage. That’s why roofers always look for curling in these parts of asphalt shingles. Curling shingles basically mean that they have loosened – which means they are no longer effective in shedding water from your roof. This increases your roof’s risk of water damage, and it can speed up the deterioration of the entire roofing system.
If you notice your chimney has started leaning at a strange angle, this could be due sustained damage from high winds. This usually happens when the flashing around the chimney has become loose or dislodged. If left unaddressed, it can cause water to seep under the shingles and potentially damage your roof and home’s interior.
Damage Inside the Home
Sometimes, signs of wind damage can also be found inside your home. Wind-lifted or wind-damaged shingles offer a means for water to infiltrate your home, and this often results in water stains or discoloration on interior walls. So, if you notice such marks inside your home, it could mean that your roof is already leaking.
Remember to call a roofing company as soon as you notice these problems. The quicker you address the issue, the better your chances of preventing significant damage and expensive repairs. As much as possible, hire local roofers. Avoid fly-by-night contractors that aren’t from your area. When it comes to roofing, you should always work with established, trustworthy and qualified companies.
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