Roofing Damage Due to Wind
In Texas, wind storms are an awfully common occurrence. While unpredictable, wind can cause some heavy damage. This is especially true for your home and most importantly your roof. When you have roof damage that is not taken care of properly or in a timely manner, what was once a minor problem can become a very large problem. When you are missing pieces to your roof it can open up the possibility of water damage among other things.
Most roofing shingles come with a wind resistance rating of about 60 miles per hour for basic shingles, or 130 miles per hour for specialty shingles. However, due to other factors such as how long you have had your previous roof since being installed, how many wind storms have ran through your area, and how the roof was physically installed can make a huge impact on how your roof holds up to gusts of that magnitude. Roofing manufacturers give specific instructions on just where the nail should be placed when installing the roof and the quantity of nails to use on each shingle. Some roofing contractors may skip a few nails to hurry a job along, which is neither a professional decision or a smart one to make. Aside from that, having a lot of unpredictable strong wind storms over a short period of time can cause shingles to crease, crack, or even completely break off due to being lifted up with the amount of pressure wind is putting on your shingles.
After a strong wind storm blows by your Texas home, it is extremely important to go outside and visually inspect your roof. Wind damage is one of the easiest roofing problems to identify. Usually if there was damage to your roof during a storm you will be missing a few shingles, or maybe even a whole row. Inspecting your roof for damage after a wind storm, while it can be time consuming depending on how large your home is, is not usually a hard task to do.
When visually inspecting your roof, pay close attention to all shingles and not just the missing ones. The most obvious sign of wind damage to your roof is, of course, missing shingles. Missing shingles are easy to spot from the ground. There are other signs of wind damage that you may not be able to see from the ground though. The most common problem when it comes to wind damage on shingles is creasing. Creasing is when the tab on the shingle is bent up and down continuously until a crease is formed at the top of the shingle where it is adhered. Not fixing a creased shingle will eventually result in the shingle breaking off at the crease and falling off of your roof. Another roofing problem that commonly happens in wind storms is flipping. This commonly happens when a roof was installed on top of an existing roof and the whole shingle strip flips back to expose the old shingles underneath. This problem is another that stands out visually, and you can see from ground level.
Wind storms of higher magnitudes, such as tornadoes, can cause some more damage that is not seen clearly from ground level and that can prevent further complications later on if not fixed after discovering. Shingles that have been nailed to the wood underneath the roof can become loose by wind storms because the wind pulls the nail through the shingle itself. Another reason why this could happen without having a tornado or very strong wind storm could be improper installation of your roof. Improper nailing, even if placed in the correct spots with the correct amount of nails, can cause shingles to become dislodged very easily. The proper nailing technique is to drive the nail straight down, flush to surface. Improper nailing techniques include crooked nailing, not driving the nail in far enough, or driving the nail in too far.
If you do not get your roof repaired in a timely manner, and correctly, you can run into other issues. One issue that you can encounter is water damage. Water damage can eventually get into your house and cause a leak in one of your rooms. So what once was a small patch job turns into locating the leak, and depending on how bad it is, maybe even replacing structures within your home. Another common problem that comes along with water damage is mold. When there is excessive moisture in a humid area, such as in your attic during the Summer, mold is easily produced. Once mold starts growing, it is not an easy thing to get rid of. You will probably have to have a professional come out and access the type of mold and how to get rid of it. This might even end up turning into a whole new roofing job. You could also help progress the aging of the plywood underneath your roof. With more elemental exposure to the plywood underneath the shingles, this could speed up how fast it goes bad. This in the end turns into rotting wood, making your roof unstable.
The good news is that most insurance company policies cover roof damage due to wind storms. If you find that you have extensive wind damage that you feel that you are not comfortable enough to access and repair yourself, refer to your home owner’s insurance policy to see what exactly your insurance will cover. It can also be extremely helpful to call up a roofing company and have a contractor access the damage and give you an estimate if you happen to have a deductible on your insurance policy that is on the higher side and it is just a repair job that needs to be done.
Damage to your roof after a strong wind storm can be a stressful problem. Remembering that the sooner you fix the issues that you have encountered during a storm, the less stressful it will be in the long run. While wind storms can be unpredictable, being prepared to treat a wind damaged roof will help put you at ease.
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