In Minnesota, wind damage is something more people expect during tornado season and not in the dead of winter. However, we see more winter wind than one might think; they don’t call it “wind chill” for nothing! But wind can do more than just make winter days feel colder, it can also damage your roof.
What is Wind Damage?
Wind damage occurs when wind blows over your roof and catches the edges of loose or peeling shingles. The force of the wind pulls at the shingles and peels them back until they come off your roof. The wind doesn’t affect your roof evenly either; it catches the edge of your roof and shingles that have already started to curl or loosen. Wind also affects secure shingles by blowing debris onto your roof, potentially cracking your shingles or causing the granules to rub off.
When you have shingles that are cracked, missing granules, or missing in general, water can seep underneath your roof and cause problems. While we don’t see much liquid precipitation in the winter, the snow melt that naturally occurs from warm air rising from your home can get down into your roof and refreeze, causing more damage, or drain into your home. A leaky roof can also drench your insulation, making it less efficient at keeping warm air in.
There are ways to protect your roof from damage this winter. First, trim back dead branches or trees that overhang your roof, as these can break during strong windstorms and damage your roof. Second, know the signs of wind damage. If you have missing shingles, granule loss, or indoor leaks, you might have wind damage. Lastly, get your roof checked for any loose, peeling, or missing shingles by a professional to prevent any damage this winter.
At Robinson Construction Inc., we can help you prepare your roof for every wind gust this winter will bring. Call to schedule your roof inspection today.