Did you know it is possible to have wind damaged shingles and not even know it? Most people think the shingles have to blow off the roof for them to have wind damage. The fact is that most of the time shingles are damaged long before they blow off or you start noticing your roof is leaking into your living room. Having your roof inspected yearly and especially after a wind storm can help save you lots of heartache and money.
Most people are familiar with wind damaged shingles that are broken because they end up on the ground or caught up in bushes or trees. Blown off shingles are the easiest type of wind damaged shingles to identify since they leave a big hole on the roof and the damaged shingles are on the ground.
However, depending on the age and condition of your shingles prior to the wind they may not blow off the roof entirely. If you hear a slapping sound on your roof during a storm it is most likely your shingles flapping in the wind. This flapping is caused when the seal breaks and allows the shingle to flip up. Shingles are not designed to bend backward and when they do, it causes a crease and eventually it causes them to break off and these are the shingles you find in the yard. Once the seals break, debris gets under the shingles and also damages the seals. The damaged seals keep them from re-sealing properly and makes it easier for them to flip up and break. Think of a paper clip and how the more you bend it, the weaker it becomes until it breaks. Shingles do the same thing.
So how much wind does it take to damage my roof? Depending on what style of shingle you have wind ratings are between 60 – 130 mph. Most wind damage occurs on 3-tab shingles, also known as 20-year shingles, because they are only rated to 60mph brand new. Many home builders install 3-tab shingles when building new subdivisions because they are cheaper, though it only saves about $1,000 per roof. 60mph sounds like a lot of wind but in Central Texas we get those often, especially if your roof is 2-story. Remember, up on your roof where you are above other houses the wind is stronger and more consistent. Your roof gets way more wind than what you typically experience standing in your driveway. Once the seals are broken, the amount of wind needed to bend a shingle drops dramatically.
What should I do if I think I have wind damage? The most important thing to do is contact a roofer near you and have them check it out. Also, most wind damage is covered by homeowner’s insurance and depending on the scope of damage a full roof replacement may be needed. Considering wind damage is often hard to see and is a more nuanced type of claim than hail damage, it is recommended you contact a roofing company near you to see if you have wind damage following a windstorm or if you see any missing or creased shingles. Roofing companies regularly work with insurance companies and can let you know if you have enough damage to file a claim or if the damage will most likely fall below the deductible. Divided Sky does not charge for assisting with identifying storm damage and can help make temporary repairs to avoid any additional damage while waiting on your adjuster to perform their inspection. Divided Sky is local to perform roof repair in Kyle Tx and roof repair in Buda Tx. Give us a call immediately if you think you may have storm damage so we can give you a free inspection.