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How To Find And Fix Wind Damage To Your Roof


This article provides a guide to identifying and fixing wind damage to an asphalt shingle roof. It outlines common signs of wind damage such as missing shingles, shingles flapping in the wind, curled or broken edges, and granules in the gutters or downspouts. It also provides DIY tips for minor repairs such as replacing broken or missing shingles and reattaching lifted shingles. Finally, it outlines the steps for filing a homeowners insurance claim for wind damage repairs.


What are common signs of roof wind damage?
Common signs of roof wind damage include shingle pieces scattered in the yard, missing shingles, shingles flapping in the wind, curling or broken edges on the shingles, shingle granules in the gutters or downspouts, gaps between the shingles and roof, water leaks inside the home, bent or damaged gutters, debris on the roof, and light peeking through the attic.

How can I fix wind-damaged shingles?
To fix wind-damaged shingles, you can attempt repairs yourself if you feel confident working on your roof. You will need the same brand and color as your current shingles, roofing cement, a pry bar, roofing nails and hammer. To replace a missing or broken shingle, use the pry bar to carefully lift up and remove the nails on the broken shingle and the shingles above the missing one. Slide a new shingle into place, secure a roofing nail on each side of the shingle on the provided nailing strip using a hammer or nail gun, and apply roofing cement to the nail heads and under the new shingle tabs. To reattach a lifted shingle, lift the lifted shingle and apply roofing cement to its underside, firmly press the shingle back into place, and secure a roofing nail on each side of the shingle’s nailing strip using a hammer or nail gun.

What steps do I need to take to file an insurance claim for storm damage?
To file a homeowners insurance claim, review your homeowners’ insurance policy, hire a professional roofing contractor to perform a roofing inspection, contact your insurer and file a claim, and have an insurance adjuster come assess your property and look for damage.

What are the risks of attempting a DIY repair?
The risks of attempting a DIY repair include voiding your roof warranty and getting injured.

What services does Gouge Quality Roofing offer for wind-damaged roofs?
Gouge Quality Roofing offers free inspections after storms and professional roofing services to fix wind-damaged roofs.

AI Comments

👍 This article provides a great guide for identifying and fixing wind damage to your roof. It includes useful information and helpful tips on how to safely perform repairs on your own or when to call a professional.

👎 This article could be more detailed and provide more comprehensive information on roof wind damage. It also does not include any images or diagrams that could help people visualize what they are looking for.

AI Discussion

Me: It's about how to find and fix wind damage to your roof. It talks about how to spot signs of damage, how to fix wind-damaged shingles, and how to file a storm damage insurance claim.

Friend: That's really useful information. It's important to stay on top of roof maintenance and repair after any kind of storm.

Me: Absolutely. It's also important to remember that wind gusts of even 50 mph can cause serious damage to a roof. And, if you don't feel comfortable getting on your roof, you should call a professional roofing contractor to take a look.

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Technical terms

Windy City
A nickname for Chicago, Illinois, due to its frequent windy weather.
Inclement weather
Severe or unpleasant weather conditions.
Asphalt shingle roofs
A type of roofing material made of asphalt and fiberglass.
Hurricanes and tornadoes
Large, destructive storms with strong winds.
Shingle granules
Small pieces of asphalt shingles that can be found in gutters or downspouts.
A hole or opening made by a sharp object.
Suitable for do-it-yourself projects.
Voiding your roof warranty
Making your roof warranty invalid.
Nailing strip
A strip of material on the back of a shingle that is used to secure the shingle to the roof.
Roofing cement
A type of adhesive used to secure shingles to the roof.
Pry bar
A tool used to lift and remove nails.
Insurance adjuster
A person who assesses the damage to a property and determines the amount of insurance coverage.
Homeowners insurance policy
An insurance policy that covers damage to a home and its contents.

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