If you live in an area prone to sustained high winds, then you most likely understand the negative effects they can have on your home – and specifically on your roof. However, short bursts or gusts during a storm can also cause significant and detrimental damage. The first and most important preventative step is to be prepared. However, though preparation may mitigate risk, it does not eliminate it. Strong winds of any duration can still greatly undermine the integrity of your roof. Damages like a fallen tree limb can be instantly recognizable, but something like cracked or loosened flashing could take weeks, months, or even years to notice. Meanwhile, leaking water and exposure to the elements could be increasingly detrimental to your roof. Preparation is important, but it is equally important to have a thorough roof inspection often.
How to Identify Wind Damage to Your Roof
Start with the easy to identify problems. If there is a tree lying across your home after a storm with a strong wind, you have wind damage. Even with smaller things such as fallen branches or limbs that have landed on your home, the potential for your roof to be breached is quite high. If this is the case, you should reach out to RoofPRO immediately to see how we can put our emergency roof repair services to work for you. If there is no noticeable debris, your next step should be to look for other, less obvious signs of damage. Missing roofing materials and exposed felt or sheathing are other signs of serious issues. Loose drip edge or facia boards, exposed or cracked flashing, buckled or split shingles or tiles, damaged or moved ridge vents, discoloration, and even random nails on the ground around your home are also all subtle signs of potentially serious roof problems.
Even if your inspection does not identify any clear issues, you’re not out of the woods yet. Small cracks or holes can be caused by gusts and falling debris during a windstorm. These weaknesses can be exacerbated by future storms and could lead to leakage and moisture problems. All inspections should also include a thorough check for moisture, discoloration, or mold in your attic and on your ceilings.
The Most Important Preventative and Reactive Step In a Roof Maintenance Plan: A Roof Inspection
In terms of wind damage – or any damage for that matter – a crucial preventative and reactive step is frequent and thorough roof inspections. RoofPRO offers a variety of comprehensive and affordable roof inspection and roof maintenance plans that will provide you with the peace of mind that your roof is as prepared as possible and that any issues that do arise will be dealt with swiftly and professionally.
Let RoofPRO be Your Go-to for Wind Damage Prevention and Repair
Since 2003, RoofPRO has provided businesses and residents of the Baltimore and Washington metro area with high quality, consistent, and reliable roofing services. We have expanded our business and built our reputation through professionalism, trustworthiness, and the highest level of craftsmanship. We have the knowledge and know how to take on any job and to do it right the first time. Give us a call (410-428-6806) or request a quote online today to see how RoofPRO can put its reputation to work for you!
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