John and I stood by the side of his house looking down the street. A major storm had rolled through the town the previous night and had damaged many homes in the area. John’s roof had bald patches where strong winds had removed shingles. 3 houses down, a large tree branch rested on a roof. John, new to the area and a new homeowner, asked several questions regarding the effects of wind damage on roofs. We answered his questions and realized that many homeowners probably had the same or similar questions and would benefit from the answers we gave him.
What Can I Prepare My Roof Against Wind Damage?
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”
With roofs, as well as most aspects of life, prevention trumps reparation. In addition to preparing your home against future storms, set aside one day each year for roof maintenance and inspection. Look for any damaged or missing shingles and other potential threats: rusted nails, curling shingles, leaks in and around roof flashing.
In addition to checking the roof itself, benign objects surrounding your house can transform into hazards in stormy conditions. Secure loose items that could cause significant damage if airborne. Common culprits include trampolines, lawn chairs, bicycles, and swing sets. Trim trees, keep branches away from roof, and pickup loose debris.
How Do I Check My Roof for Damage?
Conduct an Exterior Inspection
After experiencing strong winds and/or storm, check your roof’s condition as soon as you can to prevent further damage.
Walk around your home and inspect your roof for the telltale signs of roof damage: missing, broken, or cracked shingles; dents, cracks, and patches in flat roofs. Pay special attention to the edges of your roof and the areas around chimneys, vents, and skylights as these are prone to damage during high winds. Check for dented gutters, cracked windows, and damaged roofing accessories
NOTE: We strongly recommend you do NOT climb onto your roof. A storm and strong winds can compromise the structure and surface of the roof, making it unsafe to navigate.
Conduct an Interior Inspection
Although your roof may appear undamaged from the outside; only by checking the interior of the home can you ensure your roof is undamaged. Small leaks, though rarely observed from the exterior of your home, will cause major damage if not repaired. Check your ceiling, light fixtures, and attic for discoloration, water stains, and moisture marks. Focus your search in areas where walls and ceiling converge.
What Should I Do If My Roof Was Damaged By High Winds or By a Storm?
If your roof experienced damage during a recent storm, you will need to fix it as soon as possible to mitigate future damage. Call a licensed professional who can help you determine the best course of action. At SGT we offer free estimates inspect roofs for free. Call us today at (262) 357-1959.