Don’t be fooled: myths surrounding wind damage on roofs aren’t harmless as they seem. That’s because they can lead to poorly informed decisions that might ultimately result in long-term damage to your roof.
Edward Klecka Construction Company debunks some of the common misconceptions about wind damage below:
Wind-Damaged Shingles Aren’t Always Visually Apparent
The warning signs of damage are rarely subtle. To the trained eye, they’re always visually apparent. For instance, a trained professional residential roofing contractor can easily spot shingles with creases on their surface, a common sign of damage from wind uplift (a product of the wind-induced pressure differential between the front and back of a shingle). If the wind uplift is unusually strong, the tabs or sections of shingles might even start to break off.
How did this particular myth spread? The increasing popularity of DIY roofing projects likely played a part. Without proper training or extensive experience, it’s easy to miss the warning signs of roofing damage. Remember: It’s best to let professional contractors handle home improvement projects.
Shingles With Failed Adhesion Seals and Wind-Damaged Shingles Both Mean the Same Thing
There are several suspects behind failed adhesion strips on shingles, and wind uplift is just one of them. The other possible suspects are shoddy installation work, natural wear and tear, and thermal shock (damage caused by repeated expansions and contractions due to sudden changes in the temperature).
As Long As There Aren’t Any Signs of Wind Damage After a Storm, Your Roof Should Be Okay
As a general rule, you should have a roofing company inspect your home after a storm or extreme weather event. Regardless of how durable your roof is, there’s a strong chance it sustained damage during the storm. Not to mention it takes time for certain signs of storm damage to appear. And by the time they do emerge, it’s already too late to mitigate roofing damage.
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