Despite available knowledge about wind and its effects on roofing systems, myths about it persist to this day. In today’s post, local roofing company State Roofing debunks some of the most common myths about damage to roofs caused by wind.
1. Wind damage only happens during storms — While wind damage can also happen on a clear day. When it does, it is often overlooked because of the misconception that wind damage only happens during storms. Wind-damaged roofs would remain unrepaired until more obvious signs like leaks happen. Make it a point to regularly inspect your roof, especially if your home is located in the paths of high winds. One of the most visible signs of wind damage are horizontal creases that appear about an inch below the edge of the shingle above it — an indicator of wind lift.
2. Asphalt shingles with adhesives are not affected by wind — Most of today’s asphalt shingles are reinforced with factory-applied adhesives that help prevent wind lift, if properly cured after installation. It can help increase a roofing system’s resistance to wind damage (which is why some roofs can have higher wind ratings) but it doesn’t make any roof completely wind-proof.
3. You can postpone wind damage repairs — Wind damage is still roofing damage. This means leaving it unrepaired will only make the damage worse due to constant exposure to the elements. The sooner repairs are done, the fewer repairs will be needed, therefore the lower the potential repair costs. If your insurance policy covers damage caused by wind-driven events, there really is no reason to delay repairs.
4. You have to replace your wind-damaged roof — As with most types of roofing problems, you should only consider replacing a wind-damaged roof if its condition is beyond repair. Wind-damaged shingles can be replaced without tearing off everything else. If your roof is rated for wind resistance, repairs can be covered by your limited roofing warranty if there’s proof that the damage is caused by wind speeds that are below what the roof is rated for. When in doubt, consult your local roofer.
State Roofing is your leading provider of roof repair and installation services. Give us a call at (360) 732-8104. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Seattle, Bothell and Everett, WA.