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How Does Wind Damage a Roof?

Wind Damage RoofThe roof over your home or business serves a number of functions. In addition to providing insulation and adding aesthetic value, the roof primarily works to protect you from weather elements like hail, rain and wind. Our specialists at Peak Roofing Systems have seen wind damage even the sturdiest of structures. In order to avoid costly repairs, it is essential to know how this kind of damage happens and then take the right preventative steps.

How It Works

Wind does not affect every portion of your roof in the same way. The perimeter of the structure is actually more susceptible to higher pressure, which is why that is where most damage begins. Winds put two kinds of pressure on a roof.

  1. Positive pressure: A pushing sensation, which pushes down on an object.
  2. Negative pressure: A suction force in which wind seemingly pulls an object.

Wind damage occurs when the negative pressure pulls on loose materials, such as shingles or nails. The positive pressure then pushes on the roof itself. Over time, this cycle gets worse and worse, eventually causing substantial damage and leading to costly roof repairs.

How to Avoid It

While you cannot predict Mother Nature, you can do a few things to ensure your roof is in good shape and equipped to stay that way.

  • Have a Frisco roofing company inspect the structure for any potential weak spots.
  • Make sure that all shingles are secured with at least six staples or nails.
  • If you have a metal roof, ask a contractor to secure all panels with exposed fasteners or hidden clips.

At Peak Roofing Systems, our specialists have been helping homeowners prevent and repair wind damage for years. We guarantee our workmanship and can help you file an insurance claim for your repairs. Give us a call at 972-731-7663 to get a free inspection on your roofing project today.

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