How to Spot Wind Damage to Your Roof
A shingled roof is made to last for years. However, high winds can affect the lifespan of your roof. Every year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports thousands of high wind events that can wreak havoc on your roof.
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A Category 1 hurricane typically carries wind speeds within 74-95 mph.
This type of hurricane causes minor damage to older roofs, shingles, vinyl siding, and gutters as well as some tree or debris damage.
A Category 2 hurricane typically carries wind speeds within 96-110 mph.
This type of hurricane can cause severe damage to flat roofs, shingles, and siding as well as trees being uprooted.
A Category 3 hurricane typically carries wind speeds within 111-129 mph.
This type of hurricane can cause extensive damage to most roof types as well as tearing roof decks or roof sections from the structure.
A Category 4 hurricane typically carries wind speeds within 130-156 mph.
This type of hurricane is considered to be extreme. It will likely destroy all roofs, tearing them apart and exposing the interior space of buildings.
A Category 5 hurricane typically carries wind speeds of 157+ mph.
This type of hurricane is catastrophic resulting in wall collapses, building collapses, and total roof failures. Many buildings are completely destroyed in this category.
An EF 0 tornado typically has wind speeds of 65-85 mph.
This will result in minor damage to older roofs, shingles, vinyl siding, and gutters with some tree or debris damage.
An EF 1 tornado typically has wind speeds of 86-110 mph.
This is considered a severe wind that can cause major isolated damage to flat roofs, shingles, and siding with some trees uprooted.
An EF 2 tornado typically has wind speeds of 111-135 mph.
This causes extensive damage to most roof types. Some roof decks or roof sections can be torn from the structure.
An EF 3 tornado typically has wind speeds of 136-165 mph.
This type of tornado causes extreme damage to all roofs, exposing the interior spaces of buildings.
An EF 4 tornado typically has wind speeds of 166-200 mph.
This type of tornado is considered to be catastrophic. You will find total roof failures, wall and building collapses, and many buildings are completely destroyed.
An EF 5 tornado typically has wind speeds of 201+ mph.
An EF 5 tornado is considered to be incredible. There is widespread catastrophic destruction with concrete-reinforced and hi-rise buildings severely damaged.
Factors in Wind Damages to Your Roof
Older roofs can be damaged easily by wind speeds below 50 mph. The severity of wind damage to a roof structure varies depending on factors such as:
- Type and age of the roofing materials
- Presence of flying debris
- Building geometry and shape of the roof
- Building height and orientation to other buildings
- Quality of roof installation
Lifted or Curling Shingles
When you see individual shingles on the roof that are turned up, lifted, or curled, you have damage. These shingles may be out of line or out of place when you look at the roof. Instead of straight rows all in a line, you may see shingles that are at an angle or overlapping other shingles.
Flipped or Bent Shingles
When you see shingles that are flapping and obviously loose, you need to check your roof for damage. A strong wind can easily blow underneath a shingle and bend it back or rip the nails out so that the entire section lifts, making the house open to leaks. Don’t waste any time repairing this damage.
Water Leaks Inside the House
When you see water stains, evidence of water leaking into the house, you can be sure that you have had damage to your roof. A water leak can cause significant damage to the interior of your home such as mold growth. An immediate solution is to call a professional roofer, then tarp the roof or place a bucket under the roof leak.
When you see that there are asphalt shingles missing from the roof after a storm that carried wind, you can be certain you have wind damage. Missing shingles are easily seen from the ground. Your first step should be contacting a roofing contractor who can assess the damage and create a plan to repair the roof as soon as possible.
Contact Allied Roofing Solutions Today
When you have experienced weather conditions with wind, carefully walk around the house and look for signs that there are shingles missing, lifted, or curled. If you find any evidence of roof damage, call us at Allied Roofing Solutions to inspect the roof and diagnose the damage. Whether it is damage in spots that need repairing or a total roof replacement, we will provide the top-quality work you need. We serve much of New Jersey, including Bergen County, Essex County, Hudson County, Middlesex County, Morris County, Passaic County, and Somerset County. To schedule a free roof inspection, please call us at (201) 773-0633 or fill out our handy free estimate form.