Spring winds can wreak havoc on your roof. The good news is, that many types of wind damage to a roof are easily repairable if you catch the problem immediately. The following guide can help you prevent or minimize the extent of wind damage.
Fix Known Issues Early
Prevention is always the best choice, when possible, especially when it comes to your roof. If you have known issues, such as broken or lifted shingles, repair these before spring winds and summer storms make problems worse. If you notice any loose shingles, have them replaced before a wind gust takes away both the loose shingle and its neighbors. Loose flashing is another concern to fix before windy weather since it can easily be lifted and twisted in high winds. When this happens, the flashing can tear up neighboring shingles or damage the rooftop vent or chimney it is placed around.
Learn the Signs of Wind Damage
Although some signs of wind damage are obvious, like lifted and torn shingles, others may not stand out right away. That doesn't mean that these damages are less severe, though. One form of hidden damage is granule loss. Asphalt shingles are covered in a layer of gravel granules, which protect against sun damage and help keep the roof impervious to water. Wind, especially if it is carrying debris, can knock the granules off the shingles. Check your gutters after every windstorm for increased gravel deposits and bits of torn shingles. It's also a good idea to survey the roof from all angles to look for shiny spots, which indicate granule loss, as well as lifted or ruffled shingles.
Schedule a Repair Quickly
If you spot any type of possible damage, the best course of action is to have a roofer out to inspect and repair it immediately. A missing shingle or two can be replaced relatively inexpensively if it is done before water damage occurs. The same goes for damaged flashing and even small roof punctures from blowing debris. In the case of extensive regional storm damages, you may not be able to get an immediate repair. When this happens, you should at least have the damaged area tarped until you are able to get a repair, no matter how minor the damage, so that you can prevent further damages from happening,
If you do find any signs of damage, even if they seem minor, you need to bring a roofer out immediately to assess the extent of the damage.
For more information, reach out to a roofing contractor in your area.