How Strong Wind Can Damage a Roof

When you hear that a storm is coming, what flashes through your mind? Lashing rain, pounding hail, or excessive snow are never pleasant to deal with, but powerful winds can be one of the most destructive forces of a storm. To help you better understand storm damage and prepare for future storms, we briefly walk through wind damage here.

Roofs are designed to withstand the typical weather conditions of the region they are in, but strong storms can test even the best of roofs. As wind blows over a roof, it does not do so evenly, as some parts are subject to the initial impact of the wind. The perimeter of the roof typically experiences the highest wind pressure while the center experiences the lowest.

High wind pressure lifts the roof material and allows for wind to blow in underneath and peel away the material. The areas subject to the highest wind pressure usually sustain the most damage. This is why we commonly see shingles and tiles missing near the edges of a roof. Strong winds can also lift heavy objects and turn them into dangerous projectiles that can decimate a roof in the blink of an eye.

After a Storm

It is recommended to have your roof inspected after a strong storm, even if you don’t observe any missing roof material. Regular roof inspections allow your roof to better handle whatever the weather may bring! For fast, affordable repairs, call our team today at 302-334-3000.