Wind Damage Roof Repair
Being in a dry climate, Colorado Springs does not have to worry about torrential storms from nearby coasts or oceans. However, upon occasion, our city experiences hurricane-like winds that are capable of de-roofing every building in the storm’s path. In fact, in January of 2017, Colorado Springs witnessed one of the most severe wind storms that it has ever seen. Buildings were evacuated, trees were pulled from the ground, and roof shingles were thrown from their surface. Wind and storm damage is a serious issue in the Springs and is capable of causing damage to your roof. If you have experienced a serious wind storm in your neighborhood, or your house has been in the path of multiple wind gusts throughout the years, your roof may be showing wind damage.
How Does Wind Damage Affect Your Roof?
The effect of wind damage on your roof won’t be uniform. It’s not like hail damage that has the potential to damage the entirety of your roof. Certain areas like the corners and the perimeter of the roof can be more susceptible to wind damage. When high winds are present, the gusts get up underneath the corners and perimeters of your roof and begin to loosen the roofing materials. They eventually pry up the material so much, that the shingles, corners, and other materials eventually curl up or fall off, exposing the interior structure of your roof. Your roof becomes compromised, and the damage will simply get worse through each wind storm your home sits through. Once your roof gets to the point where a whole corner of insulation is exposed, you will be at a very high risk of water and moisture damage to your home.
With wind damage, it is also important to note that the damage doesn’t just come from the wind. A significant factor in determining wind damage is what kind of debris the wind stirs around, or what trees are located near your home. If you have tall trees that hang over onto your roof, or even a neighbor’s tree that touches your roof, this is a potential hazard with high winds. Many homes have become destroyed from large trees crashing onto the roof. In order to avoid this risk, keep your trees trimmed, and make sure to minimize the things that could potentially poke a hole in your roof during a wind storm.
What are the Signs of Wind Damage?
It can be difficult to determine whether or not your roof has wind damage, especially if you only glance at your roof every once in a while. In order to fully assess the state of your roof, a preliminary inspection should be performed by you or a professional.
You can begin an inspection yourself by walking around the entire perimeter of your home to see if there are any missing, curled up, or dented shingles. If you spot any shingles that look damaged, be sure to take a picture of them. The next place to inspect is your gutters and downspouts, and windows. Sometimes you might not see blatant damage on the shingles, but these secondary items might reveal damage you can’t see. Depending on the age of your gutters, a wind storm could potentially rip off a gutter, or leave it loose and hanging off your roof. If you complete an outdoor inspection, it’s best to always do one inside as well, just to double-check you don’t already have moisture coming into your home. Check the walls and ceilings in your home for watermarks, and check the attic for signs of water. These are things you want to address before they get worse.
How can Cheyenne Mountain Roofing Help?
When your roof has wind damage, you want to consider getting it repaired right away. The longer you wait, the more at risk you are putting your home. Wind damage leads to water damage, and an unrepairable roof if the damage has been left unattended. To ensure that your roof is functioning at its full capacity, call in professionals.
At Cheyenne Mountain Roofing, we are residential roofing experts with over 20 years of experience and are well versed in all the signs of storm and wind damage. We have seen thousands of damaged roofs, and we will be able to quickly let you know what needs to be done, and how it can be done right. It’s important to us that we serve our customers by helping them through the entire process of getting their roof repaired, from filing a claim with their insurance to the end repair and/or replacement of your roof. At Cheyenne Mountain Roofing, we want to see all of our customers safe and happy. Contact us today to schedule an inspection!
Wind Damage Frequently Asked Questions
I Don’t See Any Damage from The Recent Ice Storm. Should I Have My Property Inspected Anyway?
Yes, getting your home inspected for wind damage is always a good idea if you are worried that the recent storm might have damaged your property. Wind damage can be subtle and not visible to the untrained eye, but the longer it goes untreated, it can cause more damage.
Does My Insurance Policy Cover Storm Damage?
Most insurance companies cover any “act of God,” which includes anything caused by ice, snow, wind, and rain. However, it is important to check with your insurance provider to verify it is covered under your particular policy.
Will My Premiums Go Up If I File A Claim?
Whether your premium increases is very dependant on your insurance provider, most of the time, submitting a single claim submitted due to an “act of God” will not increase your premium.
How Long Do I Have to File A Claim?
Generally, for more insurance providers, you have a year from the date of the storm to submit a claim. However, this can differ depending on your insurance policy and the state you live in.