Common misconceptions about roofing damage, particularly wind damage, aren’t as harmless as they seem. After all, making important decisions about roof maintenance and repairs using the wrong information can exacerbate pre-existing roof damage.
That’s why VillWell Builders, LLC, your trusted siding and roofing contractor, debunks some of the most common myths about wind roof damage below:
1. Wind-Lifted or Wind-Damaged Shingles Aren’t Always Visually Apparent
Wind damage—particularly damage caused by wind uplift—usually produces visible signs of damage. For instance, if the force of the wind uplift—a product of the wind-induced pressure differential between the front and back of a shingle—is strong enough, the tabs or shingle sections might break off. Even moderate wind uplift can leave creases on the surface of roofing shingles.
This myth likely spread because of the increasing popularity of DIY projects. Without the necessary training or experience, it’s easy to miss the warning signs of roofing damage. That’s why it’s best to let the professionals handle roof inspections, the construction of deck and additions, and home improvement projects in general.
2. Shingles With Failed Adhesion Seals and Wind-Damaged Shingles Mean the Same Thing
Wind uplift is just one of several factors that can cause the adhesion seals on roofing shingles to fail. Other possible suspects are natural wear and tear, installation errors and thermal shock (roofing damage caused by repeated expansions and contractions due to abrupt changes in temperatures).
3. As Long as There Aren’t Any Signs of Roof Damage After a Storm, Your Roof Should Be Okay
As a general rule, you should schedule a roof inspection after a storm. That’s because no matter how durable your roof is, it’s likely to have suffered some form of damage after an extreme weather event. And if wind or storm damage isn’t fixed immediately, it can affect other parts of your home, turning what should have been relatively straightforward repairs into more expensive overhauls.
VillWell Builders, LLC, a company with over 20 years of experience, offers a wide range of professional exterior services, including roof repairs as well as kitchen and bathroom remodeling services. To schedule an appointment, call us at (203) 879-2118 or fill out this form.