Your residential roofing contractor will tell you that wind damage to your roof is something that should concern you. After all, wind damage can cause leaks, missing shingles and gutter problems, all of which can cause substantial damage to your property. Surprisingly enough, there are also certain misconceptions regarding wind damage on your home’s asphalt shingles.
In this post, AnyWeather Roofing discusses the common misconceptions that are related to wind damage on your asphalt shingles and the truth behind them.
Wind-Damaged Shingles Aren’t Always Visible
This is a pure misconception as heavy wind damage can cause your shingles to flutter and bend, developing creases in the process. If the winds are strong enough, sections of the shingle can break off and be carried downwind. Whatever the case, if your roof was damaged by wind, the damage will likely be visible, and you’ll immediately know that you need to conduct an emergency roof repair as soon as possible.
Shingles With Insufficient Adhesion Are Wind-Damaged
Wind damage isn’t the only reason shingle adhesive can fail. It can fail due to manufacturing defects, improper installation, cold weather installations and normal deterioration from aging. While strong winds can lift and remove your poorly adhered shingles, it may not be the cause of inadequate adhesion.
Empirical Tests Are Accurate in Indicating Shingle Strength Reduction
The only method approved in testing a shingle’s strength after a storm is the Standard Test Method for Wind Resistance of Asphalt Shingles (also known as the ASTM D7158). This method compares field-measure strengths to the ratings that are originally determined by the asphalt shingle’s manufacturer. However, keep in mind that this method can be costly if available, but there’s also no alternative test that produces results as accurate as it does.
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