How to Spot (and Handle) Wind Damage

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How to Spot (and Handle) Wind Damage

Your roof can sustain wind damage from wind speeds as low as 50 mph. The wind itself may not be the cause of the damage, flying objects/debris can cause damage to your roof as well. Everyone tries to put measures in place to protect their roofs as best as they can, but damage can still happen. 

Below we’ll review what to look for if your roof gets damaged and what your next steps should be. 

Inspect Your Wind Damaged Roof

The InterNACHI explains how different types of weather can damage your roof. For example, they discuss how high winds can rip off shingles. Moreover, how wind can damage shingles, paneling, shakes, and aluminum tiles.

Not to mention the damage your roof can sustain from other objects affected by the wind. For example, trees or large branches falling onto your roof can cause severe damage.

When wind causes damage to your roof it can open your roof and home to water damage. This can result in mold growth and further damage to your roofing and home.

Here is what you should look for during your initial inspection:

  • For all types of shingle roofs:
    • Are there any missing from your roof (or do you see them in your yard)?
    • Are there any cracked, curling, split, or broken shingles?
  • For composition shingles: is there granule buildup in your gutters or downspout?
  • For wood shingles and shakes: do you see mold or rot?
  • For flat roofs: do you see any cracks, tears, or any blisters or wrinkles on the surface?
  • For asphalt shingles: are they bruised or dented?
  • Are there tears, buckling, or dents on your flashing, gutters, or downspout?
  • Are your gutters or downspout rusting, rotting, missing, leaking, or clogged?
  • Is Your Chimney loose, damaged, or crumbling?
  • Is the cement on your roof crumbling or loose?
  • Is there any damage to your siding?
  • For soffits and fascia: are they decaying or stained?
  • For soffits and ridge vents: are they clogged or damaged?
  • Are there any leaks in your roof, attic, or ceiling?
    • Do you see water damage in your walls or ceiling (moisture marks/stains)?

Contact Your Insurance Provider

Most insurance providers cover roof damage from wind. This can be for either repairs or roof replacement. Check with your provider to see what is covered.

Depending on the severity of the storm, you may want to reach out to your emergency management agency.

You’ll want to start your insurance claim quickly. Generally, there is a set amount of time that you’ll have to file the claim.

Go to the National Storm Damage Center’s (NSDC) website to review the seven-step claim process.

Get Professional Help

When in doubt, call in the professionals. They’ll know how to properly inspect your roof and can tell you if your roof needs to be repaired or replaced. What’s more, they’ll prevent any further damage from happening to your roof or property.

Moreover, they know all the proper safety measures when working on roofs, and won’t be as prone to injury.

Does Your Roof Suffer From Wind Damage?

Now that you know what to look for, it’s time to check to see if you have wind damage. Damaged roofing can be costly, know what you are covered for before disaster strikes. Moreover, if you hire someone to inspect your roof, make sure they are someone you trust.  

Reach out to us today if you have any questions. 

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