What Does Wind Damage Look Like on a Roof?
Minnesota can experience strong winds throughout the spring, summer, and fall. If you’ve recently experienced windy weather in your area, you may want to check your roof for signs of wind damage.
Wind damage can impact your roof’s structural integrity. It can also make your roof prone to further damage. As a result, identifying and repairing wind damage now is essential to preventing further problems.
Read on to learn more about the signs of wind damage to a roof, then contact our Elite Remodeling Services team at 952-646-2480 to schedule your roof inspection.
Signs of Wind Damage on a Roof
Sometimes, wind damage on a roof is obvious — such as when strong winds cause a tree to collapse on the roof. However, other times, you may not notice wind damage without close inspection.
If you suspect that your roof has experienced wind damage, here are a few signs to look out for:
Shattered Roof Tiles
One of the most obvious signs of wind damage is cracked, broken, or shattered roof tiles.
Powerful winds could cause the roof tiles to detach from your roof entirely. You can identify missing shingles by looking for spots of discoloration on your roof.
However, heavy winds can also cause the shingles to crack or break while remaining attached to the roof. This form of damage can be challenging to identify without climbing up to the roof. As a result, we recommend leaving this damage identification to the professionals.
When strong winds grip your shingles, they may cause the shingles to detach at the corners and curl upwards. Over time, moisture and precipitation can accumulate under these curled tiles, creating water damage and causing the shingles and the surrounding roof to decay prematurely.
Granule Loss on Shingles
Granule loss is one of the less obvious signs of wind damage to a roof. Granules are the tiny particles on the surface of your shingles that protect your roof from water, ice, snow, and flying debris.
Your roof shingles may lose some of their granules naturally over time, but wind damage can cause more drastic granule loss. Large sections of granule loss may appear dark gray or black.
Damaged Soffit or Fascia
You may also notice damage to your home’s soffit and fascia after a strong wind storm. These architectural elements under your roof’s eaves play a significant role in keeping moisture and humidity out of your home. You can look for deterioration, decay, discoloration, and peeling paint on these elements.
Aside from the noticeable damage heavy winds can cause to your roof shingles, you may also notice signs of damage within your home. For example, if you begin seeing stains on your ceilings, this could indicate that heavy winds have created a leak in your roof, causing moisture to seep into your attic.
Finally, indoor leaks are another more obvious sign of wind damage to your roof. If you begin noticing leaks within your home, your roof may be failing to protect your house from precipitation.
What To Do If Your Roof Has Wind Damage
If your roof has experienced wind damage, you may be feeling a little stressed and overwhelmed. Thankfully, our team is happy to take the burden of repairing your roof off your shoulders.
Here are the steps we recommend following when your roof has wind damage:
1. Review Your Insurance Policy
Most homeowners insurance policies cover weather damage to the home’s exterior. As a result, if your wind damage is significant enough to exceed your insurance deductible, you may be able to pay for any excess repair costs through your policy.
We recommend first reviewing your insurance policy to determine whether it could cover your wind damage repair. Then, examine your deductible and policy limits. Keeping these figures in mind can help you determine whether to file insurance claims for the damage.
2. Contact an Experienced Roofing Contractor
Next, you’ll need to contact a roofing contractor to provide a repair estimate. Our roofing contractors will come to your home and closely inspect your roof and ceilings for signs of damage. Then, we’ll calculate the exact costs you can expect to pay for your repairs.
3. File an Insurance Claim, If Necessary
Once you have your repair estimate, you can determine whether to file a claim with your insurance. Filing a claim can help you cover any expenses above and beyond your deductible.
4. Schedule a Repair ASAP
Finally, you should schedule a roof repair with our team as soon as possible. Repairing your roof quickly can prevent further damage and allow you to feel comfortable in your home again.
At Elite Remodeling Services, we perform roof repairs in the following locations throughout Minnesota:
- Apple Valley
- And Many More!
Contact our Elite Remodeling Services team today at 952-646-2480 to schedule your roof repair appointment.