You can say a lot of things about roofs, and most of them might be true. But one thing that nobody can argue with is that roofs are tops. This statement can be taken in several ways. A roof does for the top of your home. It can also act like a "top" or lid for your home, keeping the rain out. Then, there's the third meaning, which is the one we happen to like the most: roofs are the best. (People say things are "tops" when they really like them.) Since we like roofs so much, we've decided to write about them, and you've discovered the blog where we do that.
After severe weather with strong winds in your area, you may be concerned that your home's roof sustained damage. While walking around the perimeter of your home and looking up at your roof, you may be relieved to find that no tree branches have fallen on it.
However, damage from blown-down tree limbs is not the only type of wind damage that should cause you alarm. Below are a couple of types of damage from the recent wind storm that could lead to serious problems in the near future if they are not repaired as soon as possible.
1. Patches of Shingles Are Missing, Exposing the Wood Underneath
One type of wind damage to your home's roof that requires the immediate attention of a professional can be found by looking carefully at the shingles. If there are patches of shingles that appear broken or are missing altogether, you will most likely see the wood underlayment exposed.
While this underlayment is designed to be strong and hold up the weight of the shingles, it is still vulnerable when exposed to moisture. If the protective layer of shingles is no longer present, the wood will break down quickly, causing it to rot, and eventually, allow water to enter your home. Before this happens, a roofer will need to assess its condition and replace the broken and missing shingles.
2. Flashing Edges Have Pulled Away, Leaving Large Gaps
Another type of wind damage can be found by looking at the edges of the flashing around the chimney, vent pipes, and other structures sticking up through the roof. Because of the intersection of the structures, the flashing is vital for keeping water from creeping in.
However, during heavy winds, the edges of the flashing could be pulled away from their surfaces, leaving large gaps that allow water to pour in. This will cause heavy leaks in your home if the edges are not reattached. The flashing may even need to be replaced if the damage is severe enough.
Along with catastrophic damage caused by falling tree limbs, missing or broken shingles that expose the underlayment and damaged flashing need professional attention as soon as possible. If you try to wait, you will most likely end up with a leaking roof and water damage inside your home. Contact a roofer that offers wind damage roofing system repair services in your area to have them fully inspect your roof and come up with a plan of action to fix any serious issues they may find.