Even when a storm is accompanied by no rain or hail, your roof is prone to damage. Even if strong winds don’t necessarily blow roofs away, they may leave behind serious issues. Though roofing systems are designed in such a way to withstand usual winds with less/no damage, exposure to heavy winds cause damage to it.
Why are roofing problems a cause of concern?
The less obvious cracks or missing roof shingles tiles could cause major problems the next time when wind strikes. By fixing roof damages in the initial stages keeps high fuel cost and water damage at bay. City2Surf Roofing Sydney offers quality roof repairing services at competitive price. Their roof tillers are experienced and insured. Schedule an appointment with them today.
How does wind impact roofs?
Heavy winds don’t cause uniform damage across the roof’s surface. The corners and perimeter of the roof are susceptible to high wind pressure while the roof’s centre is exposed to less wind stress. If any part of the roofing material becomes loose, it makes way for wind to get through the gaps and push it up and this keeps continuing in subsequent windy days.
Wind damages start off slowly and continue to increase in intensity over time with constant expose to winds. When a corner of insulation is no more intact, rain drops find their way inside your house resulting in water leaks. Precautions can be taken by choosing sturdy materials for corners and edges of the roof so that it withstands heavy winds.
Detrimental effects of debris:
High winds also blow debris such as glass shreds and tree branches which causes more damage to the roof than winds. After high winds causing damage to the roof, when you carry out an inspection, check gutters and downspouts for clogs. Trim branches and see that they don’t rub against the roof which is likely to causes scratches.
Spotting roof damage:
- Rood leaks: They are easiest to spot. Check your top floor and attics for water dripping from the ceiling or wet spots.
- Missing shingles: Strong winds and falling branches tends to pull off shingles
- Curling shingles: These are often found on the edges and corners of the roof, at the ridge, near the chimney etc. This results in water leaks and tricky to spot than missing shingles.
- Lifting shingles: Difficult to spot unless you are specifically looking for them, shingles lift up due to the loosened nails causing leaks.
- Gutter: Granules from the shingles which are washed away during rains/ winds could clog gutters. If you find many shingle granules in your gutter, get a roofer to inspect it.
- Chimney flashing: Check if the chimney flashing is split or missing. Since chimneys sit independently from the house, they are also prone to damages from winds.
Damaged roofs are to be fixed at the earliest. The expenses incurred are less when compared to the added costs of water leaks and damage. Always get your roof built/ repaired/ replaced by an experienced roofing company.