Signs Of Asphalt Shingle Wind Damage

If you have a shingle roof on your home, then your house is probably quite same from typical winter weather conditions. While this is true, there are cases where winter wind can truly punish the shingles to the point that they become damaged. Wind damage is typically easy to spot. Keep reading to understand how to locate the damage, so a roofing professional can be contacted to make the appropriate repair. 

Horizontal Creases

It is wise to inspect your roof for damage after every storm, whether it is a simple wind or snow storm. When looking at the shingles, you may notice a horizontal line sitting across one or many of the shingles. If the line sits at the top of each exposed tab, then the shingle has broken. The break occur right at the base of the self-sealing adhesive strip that helps to keep each shingle in place.

The break allows the shingle to flap upward under the pressure of a wind gust. Eventually, the matt of the shingle will wear away and the shingle will break free from the roof. 

Strong gusts of wind create the horizontal creases as uplift becomes too great for the shingles. Roofing professional can temporarily secure the shingles to the roof with the help of cement, but you will need a replacement at some point in the future. Speak to your roofing professional at this time about adding more fasteners to shingles.

Missing Granules

Sometimes the wind is not strong enough to lift the shingles, but it may be enough to force the granules from the tops of the shingles. These granules protect the shingles from weather and sun damage, and your shingles are likely to weaken even further once the small rocks start to fall away. 

Granules will often fall off a bit at a time, but a serious and strong wind storm can certainly cause a large number of the rocks to release at once. Granules will often accumulate in gutters and around the base of your house, so if you see a number of the shiny rocks in these areas, then you know the shingles have succumbed to wind damage.

Shingle granules are backed onto the surface during the manufacturing process. However, new ones can be added to the roof with roofing cement. Keep in mind that this is only a good idea in smaller or inconspicuous areas since it is difficult to spread granules and blend them into the roof's surface. For more information, contact companies like 5 Star Roofing.