One of the more heated topics in the roofing industry is the discussion of “wind-lifted” and “wind-damaged” shingles. The argument is that not all damaged shingles are attributed or caused by wind effects. For instance, many people assume that lifted and damaged shingles are always caused by wind damage. This isn’t accurate, especially with many factors involved in each case.
To understand how wind can affect your roofing system, it’s important to know some of the common misconceptions surrounding it. Expert roofing repair and replacement contractor Pawcatuck Roofing Co. debunks some of the most common ones below:
- Myth: Wind Damage Can’t Be Avoided
Truth: Don’t assume that any type of roofing system is vulnerable to the wind, as roofs are built to withstand wind damage and other weather elements. Your roof can last beyond its expected lifespan without suffering severe wind damage by following proper protective measures and having it regularly inspected and repaired by a trusted roofer. Doing this can also ensure its structural integrity and its effectiveness against the wind.
- Myth: Lifted Shingles Are Always Caused By Wind Damage
Truth: Almost any professional roofing contractor understands how wind can cause shingles to be lifted at times, but they also know that there are some cases where even well-adhered shingles can get blown off by severe winds such as what you’ll experience in a thunderstorm or a hurricane.
Also, keep in mind that it doesn’t always count as wind damage other factors can affect your shingle’s overall effectiveness. For instance, the raised and lifted shingles on your roof can be caused by poor adhesion or incorrect installation. It can also be caused by constant contraction and expansion due to temperature shifts.
- Myth: Wind Damage Isn’t Easily Seen
Truth: There are a few early warning signs you can look for that can prove your roof has suffered from wind damage. Instead of waiting for your shingles to come loose or get blown off, make sure to look for wrinkled shingles, which are caused by intense wind pressure. It’s also important to have it checked professionally since they’ll inspect your roof more thoroughly and make the necessary changes.
Whether you need a residential or commercial roof replacement, Pawcatuck Roofing Co. has got you covered! Call us today at (860) 940-2343 or reach us online through our convenient contact form. We serve Westerly and neighboring RI areas.