The Impact of Wind on Your Roof
When the wind is wild and rain is pouring down in buckets, your Colleyville, TX home is taking a beating. Preventative maintenance is the key to the longevity of your roofing system. Understanding what is physically happening on a roof during severe weather events can help homeowners inspect their roof, anticipate trouble areas, spot potential damage, and catch small problems in time. The hazards that a roofing system contends with vary by the type and location.
Overall, roofs are designed to resist typical winds, but no roof is protected against severe events such as tornados and hurricanes. As wind moves over a roof, the effect is not uniform. Certain regions are subject to higher pressures, such as along the perimeter. Depending on the way the wind blows, shape of the roof, and the location on the roof, there will be negative and positive pressure. If roofing material is even a little bit loose, the wind will raise it up, exposing the home to rain and other elements.
The damage may start small, but will gradually grow through repeated wind cycles over time. To avoid this type of wind damage, make sure the materials that transition the flat roof to a vertical wall is sufficiently strong. Other debris that wind can move about tends to be even more damaging such as tree branches. While even in hurricane area very few roofs actually blow off, the devastating blow leaves it shredded with cuts and punctures from flying debris. Wind-blown debris also tends to accumulate and clog drains and downspouts.
After a severe weather event, the best thing to do is find a trained inspector such as Charles Martin and Son Roofing, who can search for the real effects following a storm. In addition to knowing what to look for, they work in conjunction with insurance providers, adding a layer of credibility to any insurance claim. If you have just experienced significant wind, contact us today to obtain your free estimate!