Following a storm with straight line winds, homeowners may not realize the full extent of damage to their roof without an inspection by a roofing contractor. From light damage to roofing shingles or metal roofing to more extensive damage to a home’s roof decking and rafters, straight line wind damage can catch many homeowners off guard. That’s because some damage isn’t immediately visible, eventually leading to more costly and in-depth repairs. That’s why it’s recommended that homeowners contact a roofing contractor if they suspect straight line wind damage.
Facts about straight line winds:
- Speeds can exceed 80 miles per hour
- Winds may last for periods of up to 20 minutes
- Damage from straight line winds can sometimes mimic tornado damage, even if no tornado is present
- These winds can uproot trees or break trees off at ground level
Following a severe storm with suspected straight line winds, homeowners should contact a roofing contractor to avoid more costly repairs later. By having damage repaired within a short period of time after the storm, homeowners can avoid the following more extensive damage:
- Loss of additional roofing material surrounding the area of original damage
- Roof leaks and damage to interior ceilings
- Future damage to chimneys and vent pipes
- Entry of insects, rodents, or other unwanted pests
- In some cases, a catastrophic roof collapse
Because of the possible weakening of roof structures following a storm with straight line winds, homeowners should never attempt to climb on or inspect their own roof. Roofing contractors have experience in assessing damage safely. It is best for homeowners to leave damage assessments or repairs to a professional.
If you suspect you may have straight line wind damage or any other roofing problem, Eagle Watch Roofing, your local Peachtree City roofer, is ready to help.