If there’s one thing that homeowners have to worry about concerning their asphalt shingle roofing, it’s wind damage. Strong winds tend to cause the most damage when a storm or hurricane hits the area. Because of this, there have been a lot of misconceptions about wind damage on asphalt roofs. Today, our roof repair experts are here to shed some light on these common misconceptions.
Wind Damage Is Always Visible
Most people assume that wind damage is characterized by shingles torn off the roof deck. However, there are many cases where wind damage is just subtle enough to evade the untrained eye. This is especially important when it comes to the first row of shingles; wind damage here could just be enough to weaken the shingles for the next storm to do even more damage.
All Lifted Shingles Are A Result of Wind Damage
It’s true that wind damage can result in shingles being “lifted” or pushed upward. However, this roofing symptom can also be caused by other factors. Shingles can have that lifted look simply because of wrong installation or warping due to constant temperature changes. In any case, you should contact a roof replacement expert to address the issue ASAP.
Wind-Resistant Shingles Are Windproof up To Their Stated Rating
As a form of quality assurance, shingles undergo a series of tests to see how much wind they can tolerate. However, that doesn’t mean that a shingle rated for strong winds will be immune to anything weaker than what they were rated for. Other factors such as quality of installation, roof slope, and general wear and tear can make them vulnerable to less powerful wind forces.
Wind Damaged Shingles Can Be Replaced Easily
Some homeowners think that wind-damaged shingles are easy to replace which is why they might try to fix the roof on their own. However, new shingles actually have to be installed properly to make sure they have a better chance against strong winds. Because of this, we strongly recommend leaving the installation to a certified roof and deck builder with the right tools and skills to get the job done.
Avoid wind damage with help from our team. Home Pro Exteriors is the leading roofing company in Warwick, NY. You can call us at 281-359-7663 or fill out this contact form to request a quote.