How to Find Roof Damage After Strong Winds

The team at IronHead Roofing has worked with hundreds of clients throughout Oregon – from Corvallis to Albany to beyond. One common source of roofing work we undertake involves repairing roof damage sustained by the effect of strong winds.

Here, we give you the lowdown on how wind can damage your roof and what inspections can be performed to identify this common source of roof damage.

Don’t be fooled by storms that produce no rain or hail.

Even though the storm may not produce precipitation, it can still cause extensive damage to your roof. The typical roof can sustain a normal wind loads, but, anything out of the ordinary can cause extensive roof damage – particularly over the long-term.

What we’re talking about is adding stress points to the roof. These stress points become compromised in time, damaging shingles and increasing the risk of future water damage.

In addition, wind can carry debris – which itself increases the risk of shingle and/or roof damage. For this reason, it’s important to conduct an extensive roof inspection after each storm to ensure that no seeds of long-term damage have been sown.

Roof Damage after Strong Winds

There are five factors to consider when we talk about wind-roof damage:

  • That roof corners and the roof perimeter are more susceptible to wind damage than the roof space in between.
  • That once corners have become sufficiently damaged, thereby exposing a corner of insulation, it increases the risk of substantial water damage.
  • That even slightly loose shingles may pick up wind and push the shingle out further. Future storms and/or strong winds now have an even greater surface area to push the shingle up and out – causing a “peeling effect”.
  • That flying debris can often prove more hazardous than the wind itself. Keep trees trimmed.
  • Gutters and downsprouts may become clogged during a storm. Take a few minutes to inspect both to avoid another headache in the long-term.

Roof Inspections

Left to itself, the problem will only get worse, and become costlier and more stressful, in the long-term. A thorough inspection can identify the smallest damage before it mushrooms into a long-term, even intractable problem that requires a roof replacement.

Inspections should be carried out by a reputable roofing contractor

There are hazardous risks associated with conducting a thorough and comprehensive inspection. That’s why our exceptional team at IronHead Roofing have been trained to the very highest safety standards.

The type of inspection you need depends upon the type of roof you have. For example:

Of course, a thorough inspection also involves inspecting chimneys, gutters and flashing.

That is part of the outdoor inspection. An indoor inspection must also be performed. This involves checking for moisture, damp, peeling and other potential, long-term sources of leaks. The attic must also be thoroughly inspected, too.

  • Composition shingles – identifying broken, damaged or curled shingles. Shingles must also be examined for loss of granulation.
  • Wood shingles – identifying mold, decay, curling and splitting.
  • Flat roof – patches, cracks or tears in the roof. In addition, blisters and wrinkles should also be identified.

Roof damage after strong winds can be extensive. If you would like to receive a free inspection and quote, contact a member of our team today. IronHead Roofing remains the most trusted and professional roof contractor serving Corvallis, Albany and the wider Oregon area.