Should I Worry About Wind Damage?

By Joseph Burns

Here in Mid-Missouri we have become accustomed to those frequent windy days that blow off our hats and mess up our hair. But some of these windy days are doing more than just messing up our appearance, they may be messing up our roofs and creating the opportunity for water to seep in and cause damage.

According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, damage from severe thunderstorm winds account for half of all severe reports in the lower 48 states and is more common than damage from tornadoes.

According to this same organization damaging winds are classified as those exceeding 50 to 60 mph. When looking at historical wind records for 2017 from Weather Underground we find that Columbia had 4 days in 2017 with wind gusts above 50 mph and another 21 days with wind gusts between 40 and 50 mph.

These strong winds can create stress points on your roof that can weaken it in areas and cause leaks. In addition, debris such as tree limbs or items from your yard or your neighbor’s yard can puncture your roof and create a leak point.  To help avoid some of this flying debris it is important to keep trees near your home trimmed so that they don’t fall on your roof or blow in the wind causing scratching or damage to roofing and gutters.

For most people the first indication of strong wind damage is the visual evidence of missing or torn shingles.  When you see this, be sure not to wait to contact us for a quick repair.  Even though there may be felt paper still covering the roof, the roof is not protected and could easily leak. Repairing such areas can be done quickly and correctly, but it is important that you take immediate action.

According to the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) the majority of wind damage to a roof starts on the edge. These more vulnerable areas can become increasing problematic as strong winds lift the edge a little more each time.  As a homeowner, this gradual process can be difficult to spot from the ground. This is why we always recommend a free roof inspection to check for such areas and ensure the roofing materials are secure.

Choosing a Good Roof Contractor

While there are many roofing contractors to choose from, not all are created equal.  When you select CoMo Premium Exteriors you can rest assured that you will receive excellent customer service and a superior product from a local company.  We are licensed and insured, we warranty all our work, and we are A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau.  So give us a call anytime for a free roof inspection.  We’ll always be honest about what we find and we never bill you until the work is completed.  Check out our 5 star Google ratings and customer reviews online to learn more.