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4 Signs of Wind Damage

April 19, 2023 | 3 min. read

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The roof is one of the most critical parts of your home, and it is essential to ensure it’s always in good condition. But when a severe storm and high-speed winds roll through, it can put your roof at risk.

Wind damage is one of the most common causes of roof damage, and it is crucial to detect it early before it causes significant harm. If your roof is affected by wind damage – what are the signs?

Rescue My Roof has been working with homeowners for over a decade to help protect their homes from harm. We’ll go over the signs of wind damage so that you know exactly what to look for when the time comes.

Ultimately, you’ll be able to catch wind damage when it happens and prevent significant damage to your home’s interior.

Do You Have Wind Damage? Know the Top 4 Signs

Wind damage can leave your home defenseless against roof leaks, causing even more damage to your home’s interior.

If wind damage is caught early, you can prevent further home damage and save your wallets from costly repairs.

Here are four signs to look for when you suspect roof wind damage:

1. Missing or Damaged Shingles

Blown-off asphalt shingles.
Fixing damaged roof shingles. A section was blown off after a storm with high winds causing a potential leak.

Missing or damaged shingles are the most apparent signs of wind damage.

Strong winds can tear shingles off the roof, exposing it to further damage. If you notice any missing or damaged shingles, they must be repaired or replaced as soon as possible to prevent water leakage.

Call your homeowner’s insurance first, as they typically cover wind damage. Once you file a claim, you can contact local roofing contractors to get roof estimates.

2. Cracked or Bent Shingles

Cracked asphalt shingles

Wind damage can cause shingles to crack or bend. Cracked shingles allow water to seep into your home, causing significant damage to your roof and even your home’s interior.

Bent shingles, on the other hand, can create an uneven surface on your roof, which can trap debris and water.

Cracked or bent shingles are easy to spot from the ground. If you notice any impurities in your roof, you’ll want to call a roofing contractor ASAP. Standing water or cracks can lead to costly interior damage, so it’s best to remedy the problem as soon as you spot it.

3. Damaged Flashing

With a roof layover, flashings cannot be replaced

Flashing is the metal that seals your roof’s joints, edges, and penetrations to prevent water from seeping in.

Strong winds can lift or damage flashing, compromising its effectiveness and leading to leaks and significant water damage in your home.

Damaged flashing can be challenging to spot. If you’ve recently had a severe storm, call a contractor for a free roof inspection to determine if your flashing still protects your home.

They may suggest repairing the flashing or getting a roof replacement if the flashing is damaged.

4. Water Leaks

Roofing contractor holding a bucket under a roof leak.

Water leaks are one of the most significant signs of wind damage to your roof.

If you see water stains in your attic space or even drywall damage in your home, it may mean your roof has been compromised for a long time.

Inspect your roof to see if there are any cracked or missing shingles. If there are, you may have found the source of your leak and a sign of wind damage.

Once you’ve noticed the problem, you must call a roofing contractor immediately. Letting the issue fester can lead to costly damage and the chance that your insurance may no longer cover any repairs.

Filing A Wind Damage Claim

Inspecting your roof for wind damage after a storm is critical. If you notice any of the signs mentioned above, a professional must inspect your roof and have any necessary repairs done as soon as possible.

If you do have wind damage, homeowner’s insurance may cover repairs. Call your insurance, start a claim, and hopefully, they will cover the repairs as an “Act of God.”

You can learn more about homeowners insurance with “Top 5 Roofing Insurance Questions Answered” and “Insurance Denies Your Claim: What’s Next?

Additionally, you can download our Buyer’s Guide to learn everything you need to know about buying a new roof.Do you suspect wind damage after a nasty Wisconsin storm? Rescue My Roof can help. Contact us today to get a free estimate.