High winds can cause severe damage to your roof, including leaks, missing shingles and gutter issues. The corners and edges of the roof and the ridgeline are more prone to damage from strong winds. However, some roofing problems are mistakenly attributed to the effects of wind.
Wind-Damaged Shingles Aren’t Always Obvious
Wind-damage on shingles occurs when the force of the wind is strong enough to cause the factory-applied adhesive to fail. As the shingle lifts in the wind, more surface gets exposed to the wind, causing a greater uplift. Continuous exposure to high winds can flip and crease, or tear the shingle. Over time, when the wind force is strong enough, the shingle sections break off and are carried downwind. This is more common in parts of the roof that are exposed to higher wind forces, such as the eaves, hips and ridges.
Any sealed-down shingle affected by wind damage should have evidence that the event occurred. When a shingle is simply not adhered, but isn’t torn, missing, creased or folded, it’s not considered evidence of wind damage. Make sure to contact a roofing company for an inspection following an extreme weather event. It’s to ensure your system is in good shape and minor repairs are tackled to avoid future problems.
Shingles With Insufficient Adhesion Are Wind-Damaged
Shingle adhesives can fail even without strong winds. Wind can lift and remove inadequately adhered shingle tables. Some factors that can cause shingle adhesives to fail include manufacturing inconsistencies, faulty installation, aging and thermal cycling.
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