Three Roof Repairs You May Need After A Windstorm
Roofs are tough. They are made to withstand harsh weather such as rain and snow. They are also made to withstand strong winds. However, there are times when windstorms do cause damage to a roof. Whether or not the windstorm also brought rain, snow, or hail along with it, make sure you check over your roof for these types of damage once the storm passes.
Shingles are lightweight, and as such, wind can easily rip them off the roof if it catches under the edge of them. Make sure you thoroughly look over your roof after a windstorm. If there are parts of the roof that you cannot see from the ground, try your best to get a glimpse of them from a window, or from a step ladder. If you are missing shingles, contact a roofing company ASAP. They can come tarp that part of the roof to give it some protection until they are able to replace those shingles.
Flashing is the metal that is often wrapped around chimneys and roof vents. If your roof has multiple peaks, you'll also see flashing in the valleys. Since the flashing is often layered under the shingles, it's common for wind to catch under it and partially peel it away. If you see any lifted or flapping pieces of metal on your roof after a windstorm, that's loose flashing — and a roofer should come to bend and glue it back into place.
Lifted shingles are those that come detached from the roof on one side, but remain attached on the other side or sides. This is where the wind caught a shingle and almost ripped it off, but did not quite succeed. Lifted shingles are not always easy to spot. You may need to look at your roof from multiple angles to tell that the shingles are lifted along one side. But know this: even if your shingles are only lifted a tiny bit, a roofer needs to seal them back down. Otherwise, water will seep under the edge and start leaking the next time it rains.
Strong, well-made shingles can often withstand wind. However, a big wind storm can cause damage if the wind blows in with enough force or at just the right angle. Always look over your roof after such a storm, and if you notice any of the problems above, call a roofer. For more information, contact a roofing company near you.