Wind-damaged shingles have been a long-debated topic among professionals in the roofing industry. This is mainly because of the number of myths and misconceptions surrounding this type of problem. As an example, many roofers claim that wind-lifted shingles are not always obvious or that, if a shingle tab has been lifted off its underlayment, it has been damaged by high winds. None of these misconceptions is 100% wrong, but that doesn’t mean they are 100% correct, either.
The truth behind these widely-accepted beliefs lies somewhere in the middle of polar opposites. Our professional contractors at Renovation Team have taken a closer look into shingles and wind-related damage to help homeowners understand the truth better.
Wind-Damaged Shingles Are Invisible
When high winds hit shingles directly straight on, the force is sometimes strong enough to lift the tabs slightly from the roofing deck. This often leaves behind either a crease or a fold that’s not particularly hard to spot. In worse cases, entire tabs could be blown away completely, exposing the vulnerable underlayment underneath. While the signs for this type of damage can be hard to spot from the ground, they are not completely undetectable when inspected closely.
Lifted Shingles Are Caused by Strong Winds
It’s easy to diagnose lifted shingles as wind-damaged, but this is not necessarily true. It could be that the factory-applied adhesive under the tabs might have failed. Unfortunately, a wrong diagnosis might lead to a wrong and, potentially costly, solution. If the adhesive strip is the problem, there’s a high possibility that the entire batch might be compromised and must be replaced. But if you solve this issue with wind-damage in mind, the answer might lead to an even worse problem with your roof.
At Renovation Team, we are your number one local provider of high-performance roofing products and top-notch installation services. Give us a call at (314) 200-2228, or fill out our online contact form to request a free quote today. We serve homeowners in St. Louis, St. Charles and Creve Coeur, MO.