Wind damage on brown roofing shingles

Roofs and Wind Damage

Obvious weather elements that cause destructions, rain or hail, are just the start of a homeowner’s roofing concern. Widely ignored is wind damage from these same storms. Strong, violent winds create stress points on a roof that eventually become compromised. Immediately replacing damaged roofing systems will save your home from water damage.

How Wind Damages Your Roof

Strong winds can move in many directions in a storm, catching corners and perimeters of your roof. Anywhere the roofing material is even a little loose, the wind gets below and pries it up. The next time a storm strikes, the lifted materials have surface area for the wind to catch onto. It’s a self-reinforcing reaction once the wind starts damaging shingles, with each successive storm further damaging your home. Once shingles are damaged, you risk water damage.

How to Check for Roof Wind Damage

Wind-damaged shingles’ appearance varies by their type:

  • Composition Shingles: curling, loss of granulation, broken, damaged or missing shingles
  • Wood Shingles/Shakes: Mold or decay, splitting or curling
  • Flat Roof: Patches, cracks or tears, several blisters and/or wrinkles
  • Flashing: Tears, buckling around roof penetrations
  • Roofing cement: Excess current, crumbling

Perform an Outdoor Inspection

Check for missing and damaged shingles on your roof and around your home. While you are checking your roof, inspect the chimney, ventilation pipes, roof flashing, gutters and fencing that also suffer from damaging winds and storms.

Perform an Indoor Inspection

Moisture marks, brown, yellow or grey stains, and peeling paint on walls and/or ceilings all indicate a damaged, leaking roof as well as damp rafters or leaks in your attic. If there is a sudden increase in energy costs, this could be a sign your roofing ventilation has been compromised.

If you notice signs of roof damage, call B&M Roofing at 303.443.5843. We provide roofing service and repair on everything from small residential roofs to complicated high-end commercial properties throughout Colorado and its surrounding areas. For more information, visit Quality Roofing Service and Repair for a complete list of services B&M Roofing provides.