How to Identify Wind Damage to Your Roof

After a strong wind storm goes through your area, one of the first things you need to do is check out your roof. Strong wind storms can really wreak havoc if you have a shingle roof. High-speed winds can be really damaging, which is why you need to understand what wind damage looks and how it works.

How Wind Damage Works

The thing with wind damage to your roof is that it is not a uniform occurrence. Wind does not hit your roof all at the same angle or with the same level of force.

When high winds hit your roof, there are parts of your roof that are more susceptible to damage, such as the edges, corners, and ridge lines of your roof. Wind takes advantage of any little imperfection in your roof and can force itself under an area where a shingle is already curled-up a little bit. Winds get underneath the shingle and curl it up even more or even rip it off.

High winds can also come across your roof and lift it up. What happens is the shingles are sucked up away from the roof, damaging the nails holding the shingles in place, and potentially damaging the sealant around the shingles, before settling the shingles back down.

In addition, high winds can cause flying debris, such as tree limbs, to damage your roof.

How to Spot Wind Damage

In order to spot wind damage, you need to get up on your roof or have someone get up on your roof, and inspect the shingles closely. Wind damage is not always easy to see from the ground. If shingles were literally ripped off your roof, that is easy to spot, but most of the damage is not that easy to spot from the ground.

You may notice that shingles are curling up around the edges. This is a major issue. When shingles start to curl up, water can easily leak under the shingles and through your roof, causing damage to the roof.

If the wind lifted the shingles, you will notice when looking at the nails holding the shingles in place. The nails may be pulled out of the roof, and they may also look loose. If a sealant was applied around the nails, you'll notice that the sealant is cracked. If the damage was serious, you may notice water leaking into the roof or attic. Check inside of your attic for water damage.

After a wind storm hits your area, really check your roof for signs of wind damage, such as curled up shingles and broken seals around the nails. If you spot wind damage, visit websites like to contact an insurance company in order and get assistance with replacing your roof.