Most people associate wind-damaged roofs with tornados. But the experienced roofing contractors at Eagle Watch Roofing know that strong straight-line winds can damage your roof just as severely. Straight-line winds are most often associated with thunderstorms. They often present as gusts or sustained blowing. Either way, your roof is at risk.

Straight Line Winds Can Damage Your Roof [infographic]

Shingles Blown Off

The integrity of your roof depends on every shingle doing its part in the roofing system. Missing shingles expose your roof to whatever Mother Nature throws at it. Depending on your roof’s age and the number of missing shingles, this could quickly lead to leaks and costly repair bills. Newnan, GA roofing contractors can quickly and inexpensively inspect your roof and replace any missing shingles.

Structural Damage

Sustained straight-line winds can lift the roof off your house. As high winds create a low pressure zone, the difference in pressure inside and outside your house can literally blow the roof off. However, your roof can also be structurally damaged even if it stays put. As strong winds attempt to lift the roof, the trusses may crack and split under the strain of holding your home together. After that type of damage, you need an immediate professional assessment. It is critical to repair the roof before the next wind event because a compromised roof is much more likely to be lifted from the house with the next gust.

Thrown Objects

Strong winds can launch objects with the potential to seriously damage your roof. The stronger the wind, the larger the objects it can carry. A strong gust of straight-line winds can damage your roof with flying outdoor furniture or other objects. Additionally, strong winds can cause tree branches to fall on your roof. The impact from wind-thrown objects is similar to hail damage, though large objects can cause much more severe damage. When any object hits your roof you need to address the damage immediately to preserve your roof’s ability to defend your home.

What to Do After a Storm

After a storm, you can visually inspect your roof from the ground. Use binoculars to look for missing shingles or thrown objects. Keep an eye out for discolored spots on the roof that could indicate damage. If you see or even suspect wind damage, Eagle Watch Roofing contractors stand ready to help you make repairs and restore your roof’s integrity.