Do you fear that you have roof damage that has been caused by high winds? This type of damage is very hard to see from the ground, but your roof may be damaged and need repair when you take a closer look. Here are some ways you can spot wind damage to your roof.
Shingles That Raise Up
The first sign of roof damage to look out for is shingles that raise up off the surface of the roof. This is very difficult to notice unless you go up to the roof and start testing individual shingles to see how they react when you touch them. Shingles should always attach to the row beneath it due to the adhesive on the bottom of them. If you can lift them up, it means that the wind has ripped the shingle away from the roof and the adhesive is no longer working. Thankfully, this type of damage is easy to fix with roof cement as long as the original shingle is still in good condition.
Shingles That Are Cracked Or Torn
The strength of a strong wind can cause shingles to be completely damaged by ripping them in half. This can cause part of the shingles to tear or trip, which is creating a space where water can get underneath it. If you catch these problems soon after a storm, you can repair the damaged shingles and prevent further damage from happening.
Shingles That Are Missing Granules
It's possible that strong winds actually caused granules to wear away from the surface of your shingles. These are the tiny pebbles on the surface of the shingles that are designed to give it protection. Look for streaks in your shingles or granules that have collected in the gutters or your downspouts after a storm. If there was hail during the storm, you're more likely to have missing granules.
Areas That Are Swollen
Are there places in your roof that are swelling up? This is a serious problem caused by wind damage that has happened a long time ago. If you have shingles that are loose, torn, or cracked, water is able to get underneath the material and reach the roof deck. Water will eventually cause that wood to swell, making it look like the roof is raised slightly in areas. You'll need to remove shingles to get down to the original roof deck in order to fix it since the wood is likely rotting underneath.
To learn more about roof repair, contact a local roofing company near you.