As wind whistles outside your building, do you pay it much attention? Unless it knocks out the power or sends a branch through a window, you probably don’t think much of it. However, during strong wind storms, your commercial roof is likely taking a beating. Wind at 40 to 50 miles per hour can inflict serious damage to your roof, and anything beyond that range has the power to cause roof failure.
Examples of Roof Damage From High Winds
A number of problems can develop as a result of a storm. A common issue is wind uplift, which happens when wind exerts an upward force on roofing materials. Several characteristics of this type of damage can be identified through an inspection:
- The presence of wrinkles or bubbles
- The appearance of missing shingles or sheeting
- The rotting of underlying wood
- The damage of flashing or fascia
Wind scouring is also a possibility. This often occurs over time due to a cumulation of wind power. It involves the removal of protective granules or gravel from the roof’s surface, decreasing the lifespan of the roof.
Solutions to Wind Damage
While routine, scheduled inspections are one of the best ways to keep your roof performing at its best, they will mean very little if you ignore your roof after a storm or significant wind event. If you wait for your next scheduled inspection, small problems caused by the wind can grow into large, costly issues. Save your roof and your money by assessing and repairing the damage immediately.
Experienced high winds in your area? Contact the professionals at Tidewater Roofing to inspect your commercial roof today!