Roofs & Wind Damage

This morning most of the Connecticut shoreline was greeted with high wind gusts and driving rain. The remnants of what was once a snow storm in the Midwest carried on as a howling rain and the event should serve as caution for homeowners who have roofs that are in need of repair. Most roofs are designed to resist typical wind loads but no roof is capable of handling the extreme winds of a tornado or cyclone.

High wind speeds can easily tear up loose shingles and damage hanging gutter systems which can lead to further structural damage to the home exterior and rain leaking in through the roof. Fixing a weak roof system is crucial to keeping your home safe during strong winds. If you neglect roof deficiencies the next storm can be costly in terms of repairs.

Wind accounts for two main dangers to your roof: the peeling effect of wind cycles getting under loose shingles and wind-blown debris damaging the roof. You may have a secure roofing system but that doesn’t mean it is protected from branches and the materials blown off other people’s homes. This swirl of debris can crash into your roof and cause cuts and punctures with tree branches, broken glass and wire. After a heavy wind storm hits your area, inspect the roof for damage and decide if your home roof needs to be repaired or replaced.

Experienced roofers will tell you that the area most at risk during high winds is the edges and corners. The perimeter of a home roof is more likely to experience higher pressure that the center of the roof and this means the gutter and roof edges are more prone to damage from wind gusts and sustained high wind cycles. As winter begins in Connecticut and Massachusetts it’s important for homeowners to be aware of the damage wind can cause and to inspect their homes after high wind weather.