Rain, snow and hail are not the only ones that can cause major problems on your house. Strong winds like the one experienced in Colorado Springs last January 9, 2017 (see video courtesy of Colorado Springs Gazette) can immediately damage huge portions of the house. While roofs are made to withstand most wind loads, your house may still suffer major problems over time. Not only that, wind may also damages other parts of your house like gutters, windows and paint. So how does wind damage your roof?
How Does Wind Create Damage To Your Roof?
Wind can move in all sorts of directions therefore its effect is not constant. More stress can be found on the corners and the perimeters and less pressure on the center. The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) says the edges are where the most wind damage start. In areas where roofing material is a bit loose, the wind will definitely get below and push it up. Strong winds can rip off big portions immediately or if not, it makes it loose thus weakening it for the next wind to blow it off and it creates a chain peeling effect on the roof shingles. Sometimes if you don’t notice it, small wind damage on the roof exposes the inner layer allowing rain to get in which eventually causes leaks and water damage. Wind can also move debris onto your roof like tree branches and can sometimes do more damage than the wind itself.
How To Inspect Your Roof For Wind Damages.
If you were in the house or was aware that a major wind just hit, you should do a quick check. This will help you decide if you need to call a roofer to inspect it to see if roof repairs or a roof replacement are necessary. Check the corners and the edges of your roof for loose or pulled shingles. You also need to see if there are damages on the gutters and downspouts as they are easier to get pulled off because of how they are attached on the roof. Use a ladder to investigate objects that might have been blown onto or across the roof and check for any kind of damage including scratches, punctures or torn roof shingles. And don’t forget to check for debris that might have been placed on your gutters which can clog them and cause serious problems later on.
VIDEO : Colorado Springs Gazette. “Wind damage at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs.” Online video clip. Youtube. Youtube, 22 Jan , 2017. Web. 11 January 2017.