Assessing Wind Damage to Your Roof

Storms that bring along strong winds can easily tear and remove shingles, leaving the roof deck or underlayment exposed to the elements. After any thunderstorms, hailstorms or tornadoes, it's important to check the condition of your roof. Our Lake of the Ozarks roofing company offers free roof inspections to help you find damage early and repair the issues before they turn into bigger problems. Keep reading to learn more about how strong winds can affect your roof.

How Wind Damages Your Roof

Strong winds will affect certain areas of the roof differently. According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, most wind damage to a roof starts on the edge. Areas like the corners and the perimeter of the roof are more susceptible to wind damage than the center of the roof. However, damage can occur anywhere, especially with a roof that's already in poor condition. Anywhere that the shingles are a little loose, wind can get below them and push it up. While this type of damage can start out small, the continued movement and lifting over time through repeated wind exposure can lead to bigger problems. Once the shingles are lifted and the underside of the roof is exposed, rain can get in there, leading to leaks and water damage.

Other Roof Storm Damage

In addition to the damage that wind itself can cause, flying debris during a wind storm can also affect your roof. Shards of glass, tree branches and other debris can sometimes be more damaging to your roof than the wind itself. After a storm, investigate the possibility of something blowing across your roof and causing damage that way. Be sure to check your gutters and downspouts while you're at it, as debris can easily clog those leading to water damage to your home. Tree branches moving in the wind can also scratch the surface of your roof, leading to punctures in the shingles.

Assessing Roof Damage 

While some storm damage is noticeable, sometimes a closer look from a roofing contractor at the Lake of the Ozarks will reveal things that could have been missed. If you suspect wind damage to your roof or home, look for these things:
  • Curling or loss of granules on asphalt shingles
  • Broken, damaged or missing shingles
  • Mold or decay on wood shingles
  • Splitting or curling of wood shingles
  • Cracks or tears in the shingles
  • Blisters and/or wrinkles in the shingles
  • Tears or buckling in the flashing
  • Loosely attached gutters
  • Bent, sagging or missing gutters
  • Moisture marks or stains in the attic
  • Peeling paint on walls or ceilings
  • Damp rafters in the attic 
  • Surge in energy costs 
If you're unsure yourself, call the professionals at Above & Beyond Roofing to schedule a FREE roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks. Beware of storm chasers that will come knocking on your door insisting that you have roof damage and they can fix it. Don't trust the ones that seek you out; instead call a reputable, local company that you know will be honest with you.

Above & Beyond Roofing

Above & Beyond Roofing is your locally owned residential and commercial roofing specialist at the Lake of the Ozarks. Our company prides itself on being locally owned and operated, being open seven days a week and turning the average roofing job in one day. We provide high quality work, professional and personal service, and competitive pricing. To request a free inspection or free quote, give us a call at 573-302-0354.  

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