Although we don’t see a lot of tornadoes or hurricanes come through our area, we do see our share of strong storms with straight line winds. When rain and strong winds come together, we see an increase in calls for roof repair due to leaks. There isn’t a lot that can be done to prevent wind damage but annual roofing inspections can discover weak areas in your roofing system that may be susceptible to wind damage.
Spotting Wind Damage
Sometimes spotting wind damage is as easy as walking in your yard and picking up a shingle that’s blown off the roof. Other times it takes evaluating your roof. The easiest, and safest, way is to use binoculars and look at your roof from the ground. If you see misaligned or missing shingles, you need to call a roof repair company for an estimate on the damage.
Why Do I Have Wind Damage?
You expect your roof to last for decades yet you have roof damage just a few years after your new roof was installed and wonder why. Although even the strongest, properly installed shingle can’t stand up to all wind events, most withstand winds up to 100mph. The most common reason for wind damage to a recent roof replacement is improper affixation of the shingles.
Although each manufacturer has slightly different names for it, there is an area on every shingle where it should be nailed. Sometimes a roofer in a hurry may miss the area that the nails are supposed to go in which makes it easier for strong winds to move the shingles. Each manufacturer also specifies how many nails need to be used in each row. When a roofing company uses too much pressure on a nail gun, the nails “blow through” the shingle and it is not properly affixed. If a roofer hand nails, their installers may short a strip of shingle and not use as many nails as they should. All of these improper installation techniques contribute to wind damage.
If you suspect you have wind damage to your roof or siding, or need any type of roof repair, don’t delay in calling your Greensboro roofer. Roof damage doesn’t get better with time, only more expensive. Cooley Roofing follows all manufacturer recommendations for shingle installation and roof repair. Call (336) 766-6488 today to schedule your wind damage inspection and we will help you work with your insurance company.