Roof damage caused by high winds can be a problem because of thunderstorms and tornado activity. Knowing how to identify the signs of wind damage on your roof can help you maintain your roof and can also help you get the roof repair your home needs.
Recognize the Signs of Wind Damage
Missing shingles are the most common sign of wind damage after a storm. Exposure of the building material beneath the shingles is a clear indication of a problem. However, not all shingle damage is so large and easy to spot. Sometimes shingles are blown off individually, exposing more shingles in the layers beneath. This can easily be overlooked.
Look for shingles in your yard and in the yards of close neighbors. If you do find shingles on your property, check to be sure that the color of the shingles matches the color of the shingles on your roof.
You can also spot damage to the shingles by climbing on a ladder and taking a peek inside your gutters. If you can see bits and pieces of shingles or heavy deposits of granules, this is an indication that your roof took a battering during the most recent storm.
If you suspect that your roof sustained damage but can see no evidence of missing shingles, go into your attic and look for water damage in the joists. If you find dark spots on the wood, then you should touch the stains to feel for moisture or use a moisture meter to measure the moisture content of the joists. If the stains are wet, this is a sign of an active leak. If this is the case, contact a roofer in your area. He or she will be able to tell you whether or not your home needs roof repair.
You can prevent wind damage in the future by inspecting your home's roof at the beginning of every summer season. During your inspection, look for signs that your shingles are aging. These signs include:
- Curling shingles
- Cracked or broken shingles
- Missing shingles
You can also help protect your roof from high winds by inspecting the attic joists once every year, either at the end or beginning of the summer. Look for the signs of water damage described above. If your roof shows signs of distress, have a roofer come inspect your home and make recommendations for repair. Following these tips will help ensure that your roof stays structurally sound throughout the storm season.