Even though your roof is built to withstand Utah’s elements, some intense storms can wreak major havoc resulting in wind damage.
When severe winds persist, it’s important to know how they might affect your roof’s shingles. Today, we’re sharing how high winds can impact your roof and what to do about it.
Winds Can Cause Damage to Asphalt Roof Shingles
Since high winds don’t usually hit roofs uniformly, they are quite prone to wind damage. The amount of damage that occurs depends on various factors from the wind speed to the age of the roof. Usually, destruction starts around the perimeter or on shingles that are already loose. In addition to the wind itself, your roof shingles could suffer from falling objects and debris.
Wind Speeds and Roof Damage
The speed of the wind greatly impacts the type of damage that might occur:
45-55 mph - Broken tree limbs, loose roof shingles blown off
55-75 mph - Small trees torn down, sturdy shingles ripped off
75-90 mph - Large trees blown over or uprooted, structural damage occurs
90+ mph - Significant roof damage
Signs of Wind Damage to an Asphalt Roof
The signs of wind damage are not always obvious, so as a homeowner, it’s important to know what to look for after a wind storm:
- Entire shingles missing
- Granule loss
- Curling and peeling shingles
- Indoor water leakage
- Scattered debris throughout your yard or neighborhood
- Divots on the edges of your shingles
- Cracked or crooked chimneys
What to Do After a Wind Storm
After a wind storm, it’s essential to call in professional help to inspect your roof. DIY roof repairs can turn hazardous, so call The Roof Doctor right away if you suspect something might be amiss. We have the relevant experience and tools to climb up and check your rooftop in a safe manner.
How to Protect Your Shingles from Wind Damage
Here are three simple ways that you can protect your roof from the wind so that when the next storm rolls in, you can rest easy knowing your roof will make it through.
- Secure any loose shingles if a storm is headed your way
- Keep the trees closest to your home trimmed and away from your roof
- Visually inspect your roof before a storm; look for any debris, clogged gutters, or blocked drains
The Roof Doctor Is Here for You
If your roof has suffered wind damage, it’s important to have it repaired by a professional right away. The expert team of roofers at The Roof Doctor can help inspect and repair your roof, and even replace it if necessary.
We serve Salt Lake City, Murray, Layton, Sandy, Ogden, Orem, and the surrounding areas in Utah. Reach out today for a free estimate.