Wind Damage: The Hidden Threat of Hurricane Season
September 12, 2016 at 10:03 AM
Professional roofers know: wind damage is one of the biggest threats to the modern roof. The Atlantic hurricane season – running from June through November – presents the biggest risks from tropical systems all up and down the Eastern seaboard, and farther inland than you might think. Tropical storms and hurricanes can be a real problem here in Charlotte when wind, rain, and debris come into play.
On average, around 12 named storms hit the Atlantic coast each year, and though most certainly don’t make it to Charlotte as hurricanes, their wake often does. So, what’s that got to do with your roof?
Your Roof and Wind Damage
Roofs are, by design, meant to withstand average to strong winds, but when a tropical system blows through at 20-50 mph, even the most well-built roof is in danger. High winds affect different parts of your roof differently; the edges and corners tend to be the most vulnerable as pressure builds up when wind sweeps across the structure.
Unfortunately, a weakened roof is most at-risk when it comes to wind damage. If your membrane or shingles are already even slightly loose, heavy winds will pull them up. Once the underlying structure of your roof has been compromised, you’re asking for trouble with incoming water, moisture, and pests down the road. Wind damage often starts small – a peeling corner here, a loose shingle there – but each subsequent high-wind event just compounds the issue.
Debris is The Culprit of Most Wind-Damaged Roofs
Even if your roof is sturdy, flying debris is always a concern. In high-wind events such as tropical storms or depressions, flying debris such as large sticks, shards of glass, or even power lines, can wreak serious havoc on the structural integrity of your roof. Just because you can’t see physical damage doesn’t mean none has been done, either.
Debris damage is two-fold. Once the larger issues of loose shingles, holes, and rips in the roof membrane have been addressed, it’s important to consider the ramifications of clogged gutters resulting from wind-strewn debris. After a particularly windy storm, having your gutters cleaned out by a professional is a good way to avoid clogs that can cause backed-up water, pooling, and more.
Worried about wind damage to your roof? H&S Roofing has been helping Charlotte residents pick up the pieces of tropical events for decades, from full-blown hurricanes to simple summer storms. When you’re ready for a comprehensive roof inspection, give our experienced team a call.