Wind Damage Roof Repair & Replacement
Serving Denver Metro & The Front Range
The Colorado Front Range
= "Breaking Wind Speed Records"
It's no secret that the weather in Colorado can change in a second. A calm sunny day can turn into high wind and thunderstorms in a matter of minutes. For those of you in the Denver Metro and Front range areas, you may remember the gusts in May of 2016 exceeding 80mph? Perhaps the 90mph winds that closed the Denver airport in 2018? Or how about just recently in early June 2020 were the rare derecho produced wind gusts hitting 78mph?
Homeowners are often surprised to learn that wind can cause damage to their homes. However, high winds can cause damage to your roof, even without hail or other harmful weather. Roofs are very susceptible to wind damage, in part because high winds do not hit roofs uniformly. Damage to your roof can begin at around 50 mph, with the corners, edges, and ridgeline being the most vulnerable.
When high winds hit a roof, the gusts get under roofing material, stressing fastenings and lifting off pieces. Other wind damage to roofs include damage caused by falling objects and debris such as tree branches and downed powerlines. Punctures, scratches, and dents in all roofing types is often more damaging than the wind itself.
Sometimes it can be hard to tell whether the damage is substantial or minor. Furthermore, initial damage that may look minor can lead to more serious issues in the future, such as corrosion or water infiltration.
When your roof becomes damaged, you’ll need to seek out wind damage roof repair or replacement services. First, you will need to either do a preliminary wind damage check yourself or schedule a Free Inspection with an expert.
Some of the most common types of roof wind damage include:
Wind Damage to Asphalt Shingles
Wind damage to asphalt shingles most often occurs in four main forms. Curling shingles are found at stress points on the roof such as edges, corners, ridge lines or near the chimney. "Lifting" shingles are difficult to spot as they often look intact from the ground. However, winds gusting up from the ground loosens the nails and lift the shingles up, potentially breaking the sealant between the layers causing leaks. Granule loss occurs when wind pushes the sandpaper like part of the shingle off. Finally, the most obvious is the loss of entire shingles.
Wind Damage to Tile Roofs
Wind damage to tile roofs typically begins with the removal of ridge and rake tiles especially where they are not well anchored. Tiles that are not fastened or bonded to the roof are most prone to being uplifted by wind, especially in strong gusts.
Wind Damage to Metal Roofs
Metal Roofs are the most resistant type of roof to wind damage. However, a metal roof can become a major hazard if conditions become too severe. Metal roofing panels can become deadly flying objects when the winds are high enough and the installation was not done properly or if they have loosened over time.
Wind Damage to Wood or Shake Shingles
Wind damage to wood or shake shingles is not common and is most often due to inadequate fastening or installation, or an incorrect selection of shingles. However, your roof can suffer from splits or punctures resulting from falling debris.