Wind – The Forgotten Storm Damage

 

High winds cause loose shingle to fold upward and eventually to break off

High winds cause loose shingle to fold upward and eventually to break of

Storm damage isn’t just hail damage?

Even though it seems that hail is the only part of a storm that can cause damage to your roof and home, it isn’t. Wind can cause just as much harm if not more than hail. Most don’t consider the wind. Your Alpharetta home gets hit by the wind more regularly than hail. Your home might incur a hail assault maybe once a year but more like once every couple years and usually it is only pellet sized hail. In the Atlanta area, your house will endure severe storms with high winds at least four times a year.

What damage can the wind cause?

The obvious answer would be creating falling debris. Tree limbs or entire trees can cause serious damage if they fell on your roof. No brainer right. A caution here. Your homeowner insurance company could consider the damage as negligence if the limbs over hang the roof or the tree has clearly been dead for sometime. A little prevention here can go a long way.

Still, the wind itself can cause issues. Shingles can be blown up or off. Rain can be driven into nooks, seams, and creases where little to no protection exists. Debris like leaves, dirt, pine needles, trash, and bark can be accumulated creating blockages in roof drainage and wet spots. The responsibility of your roof is to keep everything underneath it dry. Any small failure can lead to major repairs.

 

High winds bend back shingles and then rip them off.

High winds bend back shingles and then rip them off.

Shingles are Designed for Certain Wind Speeds.

Most standard shingles are design to withstand winds of 55 mph. Still guts in a severe thunder storm or tornado conditions can be in excess of 65 mph. More Alpharetta insurance claims are filed under wind damage than hail damage. More repairs are made from limbs and trees falling on the roof than hail strikes. As with any kind of damage to your roof, it grows with time. Don’t just worry about hail. Pay attention to the wind.

 

 

 

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