Wind damage can be a major problem for shingle roofs. You may think about blown off shingles when you think about roof damage, but sometimes it can be hidden. It may take a trained eye to spot things like torn shingles and other damages on your roof. This can happen to any roof, but it is common on roofs with low pitches in areas with high winds. If you think your roof may have been damaged by recent winds, here are some things that can help you spot the damage:
1. Missing Rows of Shingles That Are Easily Spotted
Wind can often blow shingles completely off a home. This can sometimes be noticeable by missing rows of shingles. If there are only a few, you may not completely see the underlayment or roof decking. There is a line where shingles are nailed, which has a black strip on it. If you see this black nailing strip, there is part of the shingle missing and it needs to be repaired.
2. Damaged and Deformed Shingles Caused by High Wind
Sometimes, the wind damage to your shingles may be slight. It can be just a few shingles that look deformed. If you see shingles on your roof that are buckling up or deformed, they probably have wind damage and need to be replaced. This can also be where the tabs of the shingles are raised and not lying flat with the rest of the shingles on your roof. If your roof does not have a smooth and uniform appearance, some of your shingles may have wind damage.
3. Small Tears and the Less Obvious Signs of Wind Damage on Your Roof
Small tears can also be a sign of wind damage to your shingles. Like hail damage, this damage is the most difficult to spot. Sometimes, you may not even notice the damage until your roof begins to leak. When looking at your roof, if you see any dark marks in the tabs of the shingles, they have probably been torn due to high winds. Even a small tear near a nail can eventually cause your roof to leak. This can lead to more serious problems in your home.
These are some things that can help you spot the damage on your roof after high winds. If you need help finding the damage, making insurance claims and getting the repairs done, contact a roofer to fix your wind-blown shingles.