Loveland Roofing: Article About Wind Damage To Roofs
Even though roofs are designed to be able to withstand regular winds, they aren't always able to withstand high speed winds, especially when they come with hail, rain or snow. Often high winds don't do enough damage to tear a roof off a home. Usually, the damage is more subtle and occurs over time. Knowing how winds can damage a home may allow homeowners to better understand when they are dealing with a major roofing issue. After extreme winds, homeowners should call a Loveland roofing professional for an inspection or a quote on a roof repair or replacement.
The area that a homeowner lives in and the location and type of roof can also play a role in the impact of winds during storms. Although winds often cause damage to different components on a roof, they especially target edges and corners, which are considered high pressure areas. A perimeter roof edge often faces more damage than other structures because of where it is located on the structure. Certain types of roofs are more vulnerable to damage from winds than other types because of the materials used. For example, the ballasts from ballast roofs can break off during a storm. Homeowners should neck these roofs for uneven spots to determine whether damage has occurred.
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Roof damage often occurs over a number of years. Many storms accompanied with high winds can cause gradual damage to different parts of a roof, and usually, damage does not occur uniformly throughout a roof. More often, winds damage specific shingles or roof membranes on different occasions, weakening certain portions of a roof instead of the full structure. Winds have the power to pick up shingles completely or slightly, making the roof vulnerable to leaks the next time it rains. Homeowners should inspect their roofs regularly and take pictures to document normal wear and tear versus storm damage for insurance purposes.
Damage to roofs doesn't always happen from just the force of the wind. Sometimes, trees, branches, air conditioners and glass shards moved by winds can cause damage to roof shingles, membranes, sealing strips or perimeter roof edges. These materials can also gather in gutters and downspouts, impacting their ability to clear water off from roofs. Certain signs such as scouring, cracking, granule loss or blistering on shingles can signal damage, but having their homes inspected regularly can give homeowners a better idea of the changes that have occurred during a high windstorm.