Everything you need to know to spot, inspect, and diagnose wind damage before calling in the experts.
When you think of causes for roof damage, most people think of the things they can see—hail, storms, and debris. What some fail to consider is that your roof is susceptible to wind damage, and it can happen with gusts starting at just 45mph.
In Colorado, we get a lot of wind, and it usually comes in big gusts. Shingles are the first victim in a wind damage case, and this creates a particular risk for residential roofing. As with any kind of roof damage, we understand the circumstances can be overwhelming. If you think your roof may have been affected, start by following these steps.
If you suspect any roof damage, start by recording all the details. Time of day, weather conditions, forecasts, and statistics from the day the damage occurred will help you file an insurance claim. Roof repairs can be costly, so the more thorough your claim is, the more likely it is that your homeowner’s insurance will cover the damages. Filing claims quickly also helps prove the damage was because of the wind and not general wear and tear.
Stay on the ground but do a walk around your property and look for loose shingles, damaged gutters, or scattered debris that could indicate wind damage. Take lots of pictures, and then call the experts for a roofing consultation and diagnosis.
Our roofing experts clarify how long you can expect your home’s roof to last and how far you can stretch that service life with repairs, so you can decide if it’s the right time for a replacement.
Wind damage comes in many forms, but understanding the level of damage can help you understand what comes next in the repair process. The speed of the wind is the best indicator for the amount of damage to expect. To break it down, there are four main levels of roofing damage:
- This is the lowest level of wind speed you can expect to see any wind damage to your roof. At this tier, wind will typically send down tree limbs that can damage parts of the roof. Additionally, loose shingles can be removed.
- This level of wind can tear down or even uproot trees. Expect tree damage, as well as damage to existing shingles and the removal of loose ones.
- More catastrophic damage can occur at this level. Widespread tree damage, flipped mobile homes, and damage to commercial roofs are all possible at this tier.
- This wind level typically indicates a natural disaster, and it will consist of significant wind damage. At this level, the roof, along with other parts of the property, are subject to significant damage, usually requiring total roof replacement.
After you’ve diagnosed the level of damage your roof has taken, it’s time to get to work. Make sure to hire a roofing team that understands you and your family’s needs, and also invest in materials that will prevent wind damage for the future. Heavier materials that are metal based can help prevent wind damage, but it ultimately comes down to the quality of the workmanship at the site of installation.
At Stone Creek Roofing, we know wind damage is never an expected problem. That’s why we offer services such as free consultations and insurance expertise, so you can understand what’s going on during every step of the process. Every family has the right to a roof over their heads— don’t let the wind blow you away. Book an appointment with us today to see what our roofing repair services can do for you.
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