There's A Storm Brewing: How Wind Can Damage Your Roof

by Grace Motley

Now that winter is here, you need to be prepared for roof damage. You know that heavy rain and snowstorms can cause damage to your roof. But, there are other risks that your roof faces during the winter. One of those risks is the damage done by holiday ornaments, especially when they're attached directly to the roof. There's one other risk that homeowners often forget about. That risk stems from the windstorms that often blow through during the winter months.

Unfortunately, if you're not prepared for winter windstorm-related roof damage, you might be caught off-guard. If you're not sure how windstorms can damage your roof, read the information provided below. Here are three types of windstorm damage your roof can face.

Damage From Flying Debris

If you experience high winds this winter, you'll need to inspect your roof once the storm has passed. You don't want to inspect your roof during the storm. That's because high winds often cause a flurry of flying debris. Unfortunately, flying debris can cause injuries to you, and damage to your roof. After the windstorm has passed, and the debris is no longer flying, inspect your roof. You'll want to look for any holes or gouges that might have appeared in your roof. Damage caused by flying debris should be repaired as soon as possible. You never know if the damage has gone through to the plywood sub-floor. If it has, your roof may leak during the next rainstorm.

Damage From Dirt and Sand

If you experience high winds this winter, you can expect some roof damage caused by dirt and sand. This is especially true if you have an asphalt or composite shingle roof. Dirt and sand that's kicked up by high winds can get under your shingles. Once enough of the flying particles get under your shingles, the adhesion might be affected. That's because the dirt and sand can coat the adhesive strips, which will cause your shingles to loosen their grip on the roof. Not only that, but sand and dirt can also loosen the asphalt particles on the surface of the shingles. If you notice dirt and sand getting kicked up during the next winter windstorm, be sure to have your roof inspected and repaired immediately.

Damage From Wind Gusts

Finally, if you're expecting windstorms, expect to lose some shingles, especially if you're expecting high winds. During a windstorm, gusts of wind can get right under your roofing material, especially shingles and tiles. As the gusts blow, they lift the shingles and tiles right off your roof. Even if the gusts don't completely remove the shingles or tiles, they can loosen them enough to require repairs. If you experience gusts that blow right towards your home, have your roof inspected once the storm subsides. You may have damage that an emergency roofing repair company should address.