If you live in an area of the country that experiences high winds, then you need to make sure that your roof remains in good condition even after a wind storm comes through. And, if you have an asphalt shingle roof, then there are some signs that you can look for that indicate a damage issue. Keep reading to learn what they are.
Wind can place asphalt shingles under a great deal of stress. And, the majority of the stress is noted around certain pressure points or areas of the roof where wind hits the hardest. If wind damage has occurred, you will start to see damage in these areas first and the shingles will appear curled on the edges.
The curling will be most noticeable on the very edge of the roof and the top peak. You may see some damage around the chimney and other protrusions, like roof vents as well. The edges of your flashing may start to pull up too and you may notice shingle damages where this happens.
Curled shingles should be inspected carefully. Once the shingle curls, the roof can form leaks. However, the water will need to work its way underneath the tar paper and to the decking of the roof first. So, the issue is not considered an emergency. Your roofer may want to replace the shingles sooner than later though. Typically, only the damaged shingles need replacement unless your roof is over 15 years old and is slated for a full replacement.
Shingles can actually lift off the roof and then settle back down again if wind gusts are strong enough. And, you may see some evidence of this when you look at the roof. A bend in some or all of the shingles with missing granules along the bend is a sign of this issue. Also, roofing nails may appear lifted and some of the tar sealant may have breaks in it.
And, while you may see some damage, you are most likely to hear the problem occurring. Specifically, you will hear a sound of the shingles lifting up and then slamming down against the roof. This will happen during a strong wind gust and the sound will worsen over time as more and more shingles start to lift up.
If shingles are lifting, then they may completely blow off your roof in time. It is best to have the entire roof replaced with shingles that are made for high wind situations. Get in touch with a storm damage roof repair service for more information.