Living in West Virginia means your home is exposed to several strong thunderstorms each year. If your area has recently experienced a storm, you may be concerned that your roof has endured wind damage.
Wind damage can sometimes be challenging to identify, and the best way to spot this type of damage is to hire a roofing company to perform an inspection. However, if you’d like to gauge the damage before your contractor arrives, read on to learn how to identify roof wind damage.
Then contact our Maycon Construction Services team to request your free roof repair quote.
Wind Speeds That Can Damage Your Roof
Wind damage typically occurs from intense wind bursts, also known as straight-line winds or downbursts. You can often check weather websites to review the highest wind speeds that occurred during a recent storm.
Here are the wind speed ranges that can damage your roof:
25 to 30 mph
Wind speeds between 25 and 30 mph are typically the slowest downbursts that can cause damage. These winds may cause large tree branches to sway and scrape your roof tiles. However, most often, these slower winds do not impact roof tiles significantly.
30 to 40 mph
30-to-40-mph winds can cause entire trees to sway. If you have any dead or dying trees on your property, these winds could create a strong enough force to topple the trees. You may also notice flying debris with these high wind speeds.
40 to 45 mph
Winds between 40 and 45 mph can snap twigs and small branches from trees. If you have any trees hanging over your home, these winds could cause their branches to detach and fall onto your roof, damaging the roof tiles.
45 to 55 mph
Wind speeds between 45 and 55 mph can create more significant damage throughout your property. These strong winds may tear large tree branches and limbs away from trees. If your roof has any loose shingles, these wind speeds can carry the tiles away from the roof, creating vulnerabilities in your roofing system.
55 to 75 mph
Stronger winds between 55 and 75 mph can tear down healthy trees and even uproot entire trees. These winds can easily rip off asphalt shingles. If your area experienced wind gusts above 55 mph, you’ll want to check your roof for damage.
75 to 90 mph
Extreme wind speeds between 75 and 90 mph can cause widespread damage to your property. You’ll likely notice toppled trees and extensive debris from trees throughout your area. You may also see severe roof damage impacting the roof’s structure and integrity.
Signs of Wind Damage on a Roof
After a strong storm has swept through your area, you may want to walk around your property and examine your roof from the ground for signs of damage. Here are a few indicators that your roof has experienced wind damage:
Strong winds can cause the edges of your shingles to detach from the underlayment, leading them to curl upwards. This type of damage is most common at the points of stress on the roof, such as the roof’s ridges.
If your area experienced wind gusts of 45 mph or above, you may notice entire shingles missing from your roof. You can typically identify areas of missing shingles by looking for dark gray or black patches on your roof, as these are the colors of most roof underlayments.
Strong winds can also damage your gutters. If you notice any dents or broken spots in your gutters, they may no longer be able to carry water away from your roof, eventually creating water damage to your roofing system.
If your roof has asphalt tiles, you can identify wind damage by looking for areas with missing granules. Strong winds can sometimes knock the tile granules loose, impacting the roof’s durability and weather resistance.
Damaged Soffit or Fascia
You can also walk around your home’s perimeter and look for damage to the soffit and fascia, which are located under the roof eaves.
Dark Spots on the Ceiling
You may notice dark areas on the ceilings inside your home if your roof has begun leaking. These spots could indicate that water has started pooling in the attic or upper floors.
Finally, interior leaks are one of the most obvious signs of wind damage to a roof. If you notice any leaks within your home, they could indicate that your roof has cracked and is allowing water to seep into your home. Roof leaks require immediate repair and should not be ignored.
If you’ve noticed any of these signs of wind damage on your roof, contact our roofing contractors as soon as possible. We can first provide a repair estimate that you can turn in to your homeowners insurance company. Then, we can schedule a time to return to your property and perform all necessary roof repairs.
At Maycon Construction Services, we offer top-quality roof repairs in Huntington and Charleston, WV, and the surrounding cities. Contact us today at (304) 208-8978 to schedule your roof repair estimate.