When talking about roof damage, the first thing that comes to many homeowners’ minds is water or moisture. It is, after all, the most common threat that many residential roofing systems face. However, it pays to give some attention to an often overlooked source of roof problems: the wind. There are two main types of damage caused by high winds: indirect and direct.
In this post, our roofing experts at M & A Roof Home Improvement explain the many ways strong winds can cause issues on your shingle roof and offer tips on how you can address such problems when they occur.
Your roofing contractor will nail down shingles on your roof properly; otherwise, the tabs will be prone to getting blown away by strong winds. It takes high velocities to actually rip an individual shingle off its strip; however, shingles are also known to get displaced or their granules degraded by low-speed winds after extended exposure. The only way to mitigate this effect is to ensure proper installation. A good roofer would check all shingles for proper attachment, and reinforce the ones in the areas most prone to wind damage, particularly in the eaves and edges.
High winds can also pick up objects and throw them around. These objects are more commonly known in the roofing industry as “missiles” and you’d be surprised by how much damage they can do to your roofing system. These missiles can range from tree branches to pieces of gravel or even loose materials from other roofs. Heavier objects have greater impact damage and can knock shingles off their nail strip.
These types of wind damage can be tricky, as their effects are not immediately noticeable. It’s best to trust a roof repair professional to fully handle these types of problems because they can determine an effective solution.
At M & A Roof Home Improvement, we are your leading provider of roof repair, installation and maintenance services. Give us a call at (757) 942-2700 or fill out our online contact form to talk to our professionals and get a free quote today. We serve homeowners in Williamsburg, VA.