Roofing & Wind Damage
In Texas, we see our share of windy weather. In fact, in the past few years we've seen tornadoes throughout North Texas, and hurricanes hit Houston causing some serious damage. We also see our fair share of strong storms with straight line winds. When rain and strong winds come together, it can cause leaks. There isn’t a lot that can be done to prevent wind damage but annual roofing inspections can discover weak areas in your roofing system that may be susceptible to wind damage.
IDENTIFYING WIND DAMAGE
In some cases, spotting wind damage is as easy as walking in your yard and picking up a shingle that’s blown off the roof. You may also spot a leak on your ceiling - that dreaded brown spot popping up is a dead giveaway. Without a professional inspection, you may be setting yourself up for a roof replacement. In most cases, a simple roof repair can seal up any potential leaks. You won't need to replace your roof for some time if you continue to get professional inspections after serious weather events.
HOW WIND DAMAGE OCCURS
You expect your roof to last for decades yet you have roof damage just a few years after your new roof was installed and wonder why. Although even the strongest, properly installed shingle can’t stand up to all wind events, most withstand winds up to 100mph. The most common reason for wind damage to a recent roof replacement is improper affixation of the shingles.
Although each manufacturer has slightly different names for it, there is an area on every shingle where it should be nailed.
In some cases after a storm rolls through, a busy roofer can rush through an assessment. In haste, they may miss an area on your roof that may be prone to undetectable damage from the outside. This is why our representatives always go into your attic, and inspect your roof from the inside. What can be even worse is a rushed repair job. It's no secret, when a wind storm strikes, damage happens in the same areas (at the same time). For roofing companies, they may overbook themselves or need to rush through jobs. We see this often, catching shingles only held down by a few nails - not secured for the next wind storm.
If a roofer hand nails, their installers may short a strip of shingle and not use as many nails as they should. All of these improper installation techniques contribute to wind damage. Every manufacturer specifies how many nails need to be used in each row. When a roofing company uses too much pressure on a nail gun, the nails “blow through” the shingle and it is not properly affixed.
If you suspect you have wind damage to your roof or siding, or need any type of roof repair, you will want to act now before the next storm hits. And don't forget, roof damage never gets better with time, only more expensive. Call ONIT Roofing & Construction today to schedule your wind damage inspection and we will help you work with your insurance company.469-498-0151