How to Spot Wind Damage to Roof Shingles

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When we have those blustery days, do you ever worry about the effect of high winds upon your roof? Wind can damage your roof when it reaches speeds of 45-50 mph, and some storms have wind speeds of over 100 mph.

Debris like tree branches, loose furniture, and landscaping has a strong chance of striking your roof during a storm, causing tears and punctures that let the downpour into your home. The wind itself can threaten the integrity of your roof, peeling off shingles and other fixtures.

At Authentic Restoration, we specialize in restoring homes after storms wreak havoc on them. Whether you need repairs for wind damage to roof shingles or a complete replacement of your roof, we can handle it. What’s more, we provide services in multiple states, with offices in Birmingham, AL, Raleigh, NC, Rocky Mount, NC, and Noblesville, IN.

Call us at 833-318-7663 to set up an appointment for a free roof inspection!

Signs of Wind Damage to Your Roof

The most vulnerable parts of your roof are the edges, where wind can sweep underneath and loosen shingles and other fixtures. Some damage is obvious, but you may also have roof damage that is harder to spot. To help you stay on top of problems with your roof, we’ll share a few common signs of wind damage to roof shingles.

Shingles Curling at the Edges

A strong wind can get underneath your shingles and begin to peel them off, leaving only a part of the shingle attached to your roof. You’ll notice when this happens because the shingles will curl at the edges.

Loose shingles allow water to get through, increasing the likelihood of leaks and other water damage.

Missing Shingles

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If the wind is powerful enough to damage roofs, it could pull shingles off entirely, leaving your home vulnerable to the elements. Stray tree branches and other debris can also knock shingles off your roof when carried by strong winds. Missing shingles can cause major problems, and roofers will need to make repairs as soon as possible to avoid further damage to your home.

Leaks Inside Your Home

You may not be able to see the extent of the damage from the ground, but a good way to tell if you have significant issues with your roof after a storm is to look for leaks inside your house. If you spot water stains on the ceiling or walls, peeling paint, or discoloration, you likely have an opening somewhere on your roof where water is getting inside.

Granules in the Gutters

Granules make up the rough, sand-like outer layer of shingles. Wind, rain, and flying debris can deteriorate shingles, causing the granules to wash away into your gutters. If you spot an excess of shingle granules while cleaning your gutters, you may want to get a professional roofer to inspect your roof for damage.

What to Do After a Wind Storm

Once the storm has blown over, you should check for damage as soon as possible. If you wait too long to make repairs, it can lead to costly damage.

After a storm, you should:

  • Check for damage to your roof
  • Look for leaks inside your home
  • Call a roofing contractor for a free inspection
  • Submit a claim to your insurance provider
  • Work with a contractor for repairs and replacement

Wind Damage Repairs

When you find damaged shingles or other issues with your roof, the first thing you should do is file a claim with your insurance company. Some policies don’t cover wind damage, so make sure to review your plan’s coverage. If you live in a region that sees a lot of severe weather, wind damage coverage is a must, or you might be paying out of pocket for repairs multiple times a year.

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Our roofing contractors will work with your insurance provider while repairing or replacing your shingled roof. If the damage to your home is severe, you may need an emergency tarp to secure your roof before our contractor can make repairs. You could do this yourself if you’re handy, but we contractors have the tools and gear to perform the task safely.

Contractors will remove debris from your roof to inspect the damage, lay a tarp if necessary, and work on an estimate for the repairs with your insurance company. It’s best to get the process going as soon as possible because leaving your home vulnerable to the outside can lead to significant damage and expensive repairs.

Skilled Roofing Contractors That You Can Trust

At Authentic Restoration, we are a family-owned business that prioritizes our strong relationships with the communities we serve. When our crew comes to your home to perform roof repairs, we will be polite and professional and leave your yard in the same condition as when we arrived. With over 13 years of experience, we will provide efficient, high-quality work.

Is your roof in bad condition after a storm? We’re experts in restoring homes, including repairing wind damage to roof shingles. Authentic Restoration serves our neighbors in Birmingham, AL, Raleigh, NC, Rocky Mount, NC, and Noblesville, IN.

Call us today at 833-318-7663 to get a free estimate!