Wind is one of nature’s most damaging forces, causing millions of dollars in damages every year during heavy storms, mostly College Station roof damage to homes and buildings. It is one of the main concerns of homeowners in high-wind areas and why certain regions have higher roofing requirements than others. With better preparation and stricter building codes, the likelihood is greater that homes will make it through heavy storms intact, with every shingle or tile still in place.
It is not always realized that there is more to knowing whether there is any wind damage than simply checking that all shingles are in place. Wind can damage roofs in numerous other ways, all of which need to be checked before assuming a roof has not received such damage. This is so important because a roof may have survived the most recent storm; however, if there is undetected damage, it might not survive the next one. So be sure to look for the following evidence before reaching a final there-is-no-damage conclusion.
- Broken Adhesive Seals – With only one loosened shingle or one with a corner where adhesion has been lost, wind can get underneath and break adhesive seals or further loosen roofing material in the general area of the initial defect. Given enough time, this can spread across a College Station roof and affect a large portion, even if there are no shingles initially tearing away.
- Delamination – Many times when adhesive seals are broken, the protective top covering the shingle is also pulled away which can cause delamination. Such shingles are no longer protected and will be prone to more rapid destruction and decomposition from age, making them perfect prey for the next big storm event.
- Creasing – Wind can also bend shingles and panels backward if they are no longer affixed with adhesive even if the nails or other fasteners are still holding. Once a shingle is creased or cracked, it is essentially destroyed and must be replaced as well as others in the immediate vicinity as they are at risk of falling victim to the next big storm. Where this gets especially costly is that it is impossible to simply replace one or two shingles, with larger areas usually needing to be replaced in order for a roof to retain its resilience.
The way to avoid the above problems as much as possible is to be sure a roof is as well prepared for heavy winds as possible. In certain regions, there is a requirement to have thicker underlayment as well as more durable, higher-rated shingles that have been specifically tested for wind resistance. Having a wind resistant roof can be more expensive; however, the alternative will undoubtedly be both more costly and is a potential danger to the rest of the residence and those living within.
Whether it seems warranted or not, having the roof of any house or building inspected by a trusted, professional roofer at least once a year is always the best way to ensure against hidden damage that may not be visible to the naked or untrained eye. This is especially important in storm-prone areas, where shingles really take a beating and will need diligent observation to make sure that when the winds blow – the roof won’t go!
Let the Experts at College Station Roofing Look for Wind Damage on Your College Station Roof!
Needing to decide if you have wind damage to your College Station roof? Contact the experts with College Station Roofing about inspecting your roof for any hidden damage caused by the last wind storm – before your roof blows away in the next bad storm event!