Wind Damage To Your Roof

wind roof damageWind damage to your roof can be caused by strong ‘straight-line winds’ associated with thunderstorms – even if no hail or rain accompanies it.  Our aggressive storms here in Dallas can weaken and compromise your roof over time, creating stress points that make it vulnerable to strong winds and other bad weather conditions.

“Damage from severe thunderstorm winds account for half of all severe reports in the lower 48 states and is more common than damage from tornadoes.” – National Severe Storms Laboratory

Dallas is fairly often hit by severe thunderstorms (and sometimes even hurricane-related winds) that can undoubtedly weaken the strongest of roofs. Even if your roof resists the high winds, objects and debris carried by aggressive winds can nonetheless damage your roof shingles, tiles or underlayment. It is important to repair roof damage quickly in order to prevent rain and subsequent water damage, as well damage to any insulation.

How does wind damage my roof?

The corners and the perimeter of your roof are often vulnerable to higher wind pressures, while the center may be more resilient and see less wind pressure. The majority of  damage starts at the edges of your roof, according to the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA). Pockets of wind can come beneath any loose roofing slates or shingles, causing them to lift up and produce a “domino effect” as previously-strong slates and shingles now break loose in sequence. This can inevitably cause damage to your roof at an exponential rate.

If roof damage caused by wind extends to your insulation, you may also experience rain and water damage. Make sure that the edges and corners of your roof are strong and well-maintained in order to withstand this devastating damage.

Tree and Debris Damage

As mentioned earlier, airborne debris caused by strong winds can also cause unprecedented damage to your roof. Tree branches, broken glass, and other debris can often cause more damage than the gusts themselves. After a powerful storm, it is advisable to check your downspouts and gutters, as debris can clog them and create additional problems for you. Any tree branches touching (or close to) your roof are likely to scratch and scrape your roof in high winds. Branches falling from overhanging trees can also cause considerable damage. It is recommended that you keep any trees well-trimmed and away from your roof if possible.

How do I check for wind damage on my roof?

A simple outdoor inspection: search for damaged or missing shingles by looking at your roof – use binoculars if you have them. Also, check around the perimeter of your property for any fallen shingles.

Roof repairs are often able to address this damage if it is relatively confined to a certain section of your roof. However, a full roof replacement may be necessary in the case of extensive wind damage. Your chimney, flashing, ventilation pipes, fencing, and gutters can also sustain damage as well as your roof, so be sure to inspect them too.

Think your roof may be damaged? Keep an eye out for the following symptoms:
Wooden shingles/shakes: Splitting, curling, mold, or overall decay
Composition shingles: a loss of granulation and curling, as well as broken, damaged, or missing shingles
Flat roofs: Any cracks or tears, as well as blisters and/or wrinkles. It’s also worth checking out patched areas from inside your attic
Roofing cement: Crumbling, or any obvious cement debris
Flashing: Any buckling or tears around roof penetrations
Soffit and ridge vents: Damaged/ clogged vents and flashing. Nearby shingles may also be curling or missing entirely
Soffits and fascia: Any stains or decay
Chimneys: Loose, misshapen, or missing flashing, as well as damaged bricks, cap or cracked joints
Gutters: Rust or decay, leaky seams, bending or sagging, any apparent structural weakness, and suspicious amounts of debris
2.    Carry out an Indoor Inspection:

Here are some telltale signs to watch out for inside your house:

·      Brown, yellow, or grey stains on walls or ceilings

·      Moisture marks

·      Peeling paint on walls

·      Peeling paint on ceilings

·      Damp rafters in your attic

·      Leaks in your attic

·      Sudden, unexplained spikes in your home’s energy consumption

These all suggest a damaged, leaking roof, as well possible damage to your insulation. If you suspect roof damage, call in a professional Roofing company to get a safe and reliable inspection. Trained Roofers have the experience and equipment necessary to determine your roof’s condition.

It is not advised that you get on your roof yourself, due to the risk of injury and further roof damage.

What do I do if my roof is damaged?
Wind damage to roofs can worsen in the long-term; without treatment, the problem will often multiply due to your roof’s newfound vulnerability. Therefore, the sooner you get your roof repaired, the less it is likely to cost you.

Get in touch with your insurance providers to assess whether you should file a claim. Many insurance policies will cover any necessary expenses during roof repair. Therefore, be sure to document any damage and retain all the receipts for any work (even if you do it yourself). This will greatly assist with your reimbursement, should you file a claim.

Which Roofing contractor should I choose?
After a severe storm, you may encounter many opportunistic and scheming offers from unreliable businesses that are traveling through affected areas. You should always review these offers with extreme caution, as many times these contractors are in it for a “quick buck” and will produce sloppy work that doesn’t become noticeable until the checks have been signed and cashed!

If these businesses approach you, ask for thorough evidence of their business licenses, certifications, proof of insurance, permanent business address and their Better Business Bureau rating.

LOCAL Roofers Are Likely to Be Better
You should aim to go with a reliable and reputable roofing company that is permanently based in one location nearby.

A good local roofing contractor should be able to assess what your insurance does and does not cover, allowing you to save money wherever possible. The roofing contractor you select should also make sure that all damage listed on your insurance claim is specifically and clearly identified as legitimate damage resulting from a storm. This protects you against being accused of insurance fraud, which needless to say is a serious and costly accusation.

Are you a Dallas resident looking for a reliable and affordable Roofing Repair service after a storm? Call Dane Roofing Company (972) 913-4411 today!