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Denver Roof Repair: What Can Wind Really Do To My Roof?


September 13, 2017

The power of wind should never be underestimated, especially when it comes to your roof. However, thousands of people truly don’t realize what damage a few gusts of strong wind can do to your roof.

While any type of roofing material can be harmed by the wind, asphalt shingles and roll roofing are the most prone to wind damage. If you have wood or metal roofing, you’re less likely to experience damage, and tile or slate roofing will really only suffer from indirect damage.

The biggest threat to roofing for wind damage are tornadoes, which can frequent the Colorado region. It’s important to know what havoc wind can really cause to your roof and be prepared for some Denver roof repair.

The Damages of Wind to Your Roof

When you have a wind storm, or even a tornado, wind doesn’t pass over your roof in an even manner. Parts of your roof will be subject to more intense winds and higher pressures, like along the perimeter. Depending on the way the wind blows, as well as the shape of your roof, winds will cause negative pressure, such as suction, or positive pressure, such as pushing. You’ll find that most wind damage will start of the edge of your roof.

Typically, a windy day wouldn’t cause problems to your roof. It’s when the roofing materials start to move is when you’ll have a problem. Suction of the wind will raise up the material and then allow wind to get below and push it up. For example, this is how a shingle would be able to fly off your roof.

Damage from wind gets worse and grows over repeated wind cycles from storms and tornadoes. You’ll want to read up on the steps to take for your roof after a storm hits to understand the checkpoints you’ll want to go over.

Damage From Debris

While most people think that wind is the true threat to their roof during a storm, debris is actually what causes the most damage. Strong winds can lift and carrying debris that winds up striking the roof's surface, or landing directly on it. Large tree branches can make a direct hit on your roof, and even worse, entire trees. This type of damage requires the most repairs made to your roof. You might just need to replace a few shingles if they got a little scratched up from debris, or you could end up needing to replace the structural support system. Even if you have a strong slate roof, it won’t be able to withstand a large tree falling directly on it.

Wind can be a sneaky culprit that could cost you hundreds of dollars in replacing and repairing your Denver roof if you’re not careful. Read up on how wind damages roofs to truly understand its power. When in doubt, call The Roof Dr.! Leave any type of repairs or inspections to the Denver roofing professionals. Contact The Roof Dr. to fix any repairs that you see, or to have them come out to take a look. Our expert staff has been serving the Denver area for over 45 years and would be glad to handle any of your roofing needs!