Normally, when we talk about wind, we don’t associate it with damage or chaos. It helps pollinate flowers and it generally adds pleasantness to the weather on hot days. But, strong high winds have the potential of wreaking havoc and destroying a house’s roof easily.
Wind damage can begin to show with winds at 50 mph and that is when you should either check for the damage yourself or get a goof Atlanta roofing company to do an inspection of the extent of the damage for you.
Let’s look at the signs of wind damage to your roof and how to spot them:
1. Damaged Shingles
Shingled roofs are the most vulnerable to wind damage. Look for any missing shingles; if you find any, you have damage on your hands. The same applies if you see peeled shingles or missing material. Trust your gut and if you think the roof looks damaged, then it probably is.
Granules on your shingles will wear and tear over time and they will need replacement. However, the trouble arises when you start seeing horizontal lines. This means that during high winds, the shingles have flapped over, collided with each other and the seal on the shingle broke. This may not be very alarming, but it is something you should have checked out by a reputable Atlanta roofing company and repaired.
3. Water Damage
The most obvious damage to your roof is water damage. Check the inside of your roof and your walls for any leaks or water damage. If your roof is damaged, then it is most likely that rainwater will seep in and leak from it. If there is any discoloration or the smell of mold, it is more than likely that the roof has sustained damage.
Water damage can contribute to structural damage in the long run and can also cause serious damage to the electrical system. Your sockets and your wires can get shot and that would mean an overall repair of the electrical system added to the cost of repairing your roof.
Water damage is one of the most dangerous side effects of wind damage and you need to get it repaired as soon as possible to avoid serious damage to the house’s structure.
This may not be seen directly on the roof, but right after high winds, you will see tree leaves and branches lying around, and this may also include pieces of shingles or whole shingles. This is an indicator of damage and you can immediately call an Atlanta roofing company to do an inspection of the damage and the required repairs.
Divots are often a result of hail storms, but high winds can have the same effect as well. High winds have the capability of hurling things into your shingles, and that can result in divots that will need inspection and repair.
6. Shingles Flapping
If during winds or bad weather, you see that shingles are flapping, it is certainly a time for repair. You don’t really have to do this check every single time the weather is bad. You will have some view of the roof while driving to your house or standing at a distance during bad weather. Just take a look and see now and then.
7. Chimney Problems
Is your chimney fine or looking a little funny? A little off balance or crooked? Sometimes there are missing spots of lashing that can let water in and cause structural changes. You need to call an Atlanta roofing company to take a look at the damage and repair it. Remember that this may sometimes be more of a job for a contractor than a roofer.
Call a Professional Roofing Company for Inspection
Of course, you can inspect the damage on your own based on the indicators we have shared above, but you will still need a professional roofing company like Atlanta Roofing to repair the damage and replace the roof if needed.
Atlanta Roofing has experts in roof installation and repairs who are efficient at what they do. We are licensed and insured professionals that will thoroughly inspect all the critical aspects of your roof and see where the damage is.
It is always best to get a professional inspection done because damage from high winds can require anything from small repairs to a full roof replacement. In this case, having professional roofers from Atlanta Roofing conduct a free inspection of your roof is the best option to let you know what your options are for repair and installation.