March tends to be a very windy month across the entire country. Temperatures fluctuate greatly as we bid farewell to winter and welcome the warmer spring temperatures. As warm and cold temperatures grapple throughout March, windy conditions are quite common until April ushers in more moderate weather. Often overlooked, high winds can be pretty harsh on roofs and can even result in damaged or missing roof components.
When wind damage is present, it usually occurs either after a major high wind event, such as a tornado or hurricane, or in areas where wind is common and can break down roofing materials over time. If a severe storm has hit your area, entire sections of shingle or underlayment could have flown off with the wind. This type of damage is fairly easy to recognize. However to spot damage that has occurred over time, you’ll probably notice that the center of the roof will have less stress than the edges or corners of the roof where higher pressure is exerted. Curling or randomly missing shingles is common. It’s also important to examine the eaves for signs of loose materials or compromised areas of the roof deck.
Also common with wind damage is flying debris that can strike the roof and leave pock marks upon impact. Fallen tree limbs and broken branches are the most common debris to cause substantial damage so trimming back any trees close to your roof is an important preventative measure. If any areas of your roof appear to be weakened due to wind, get a professional out to take a look right away. Preventing further damage or water leakage is crucial to maintaining your property and often times your insurance policy will help cover the cost of restoration.