It doesn’t take gale-force winds to damage your roof. It is common for storms with strong winds to cause downed tree branches and power outages, but they can also cause significant damage to your roofs such as missing shingles or damaged gutters. If you notice wind damage to your roof, it is important to quickly make repairs to keep your home and family safe.
Wind Speeds and Signs of Damage
Strong winds can damage your roof before they reach severe weather speeds, especially if the roof is older or already has some damage. Here is a breakdown of wind speeds and potential damage:
- 45-57 MPH: Tear down tree branches and remove loose shingles
- 58-74 MPH: Uproot trees and tear off shingles
- 75-89 MPH: Significant roof damage, including chimney damage
- 90+ MPH: Severe roof damage, including the roof pulling away from the house
Roof edges and already damaged areas are where wind damage tends to begin. Once the shingles loosen in these areas, strong winds can cause a chain reaction.
Signs of wind damage include:
● Loose or missing shingles
● Curling or peeling shingles
● Granule loss
● Chimney issues
● Damaged soffit or fascia
● Indoor leaks or watermarks
Damage caused by falling branches may be more obvious, but also check the gutters and downspouts for debris that can clog them, causing problems later.
If you suspect your roof has sustained damage after storms with strong winds, call a qualified roofer like The Roof Doctors for a thorough inspection. Roof damage isn’t always easy to spot, and a professional can safely and efficiently assess the damage.
The repairs required will depend on the severity of the damage. If the damage makes us less the 30% of the roof, localized repairs may be enough to address the problem. More extensive damage may require roof replacement. It is important to address roof damage quickly so it doesn’t worsen or leave your home exposed.
Roof replacement may seem like an extreme and involved process, but with a professional and efficient roofing company, these repairs can be made quickly and worry-free. At The Roof Doctors, we take the following steps to give you the highest quality roof replacement:
1. Protect the home and yard
2. Remove old shingles
3. Make repairs to the roof deck and structure
4. Apply new shingles
5. Install flashing, gutters, etc. as necessary
6. Final inspection and thoroughly clean up
We understand that repairing roof damage can disrupt your routine and home life. The Roof Doctors can finish most projects in 1-2 days and clean up conscientiously leaving behind only a new roof.
Reliable Roofing Services
The Roof Doctors has been providing exceptional roofing and customer service to residents of Portland and the surrounding area since 1997. We specialize in roof replacements and new roof construction.
We use only the best materials from CertainTeed, IKO, GAF, Owens Corning, and more. Top-of-the-line materials paired with our expert craftsmanship results in a high-quality, durable roof.