Can Wind Cause Roof Damage?

The short answer is, yes. High winds can definitely cause damage to your roof. The amount of damage caused depends on the state of your roof at the time, and its age. But wind is definitely a contributor to roof damage.

Floridians are not strangers to a fierce wind storm. It’s not just hurricanes that cause a large amount of damage. Even an afternoon summer storm can build up enough wind to cause serious damage to your roof.

How Much Wind Can A Roof Withstand?

Typically, shingle roofs can withstand wind gusts up to 60 mph. If you live in a state frequented by hurricanes, like Florida, your shingle roof may be made to withstand wind speeds up to 150 mph. When properly installed, tile roofs can withstand windspeed exceeding 150 mph. 

How Do I Know If My Roof Is Damaged?

There are a few indicators that your roof is damaged:

1. ACTIVE LEAKS
2. DEBRIS AROUND HOME OR IN GUTTERS
3. COLLATERAL EVIDENCE: DAMAGE OR DISTURBANCE TO OTHER PARTS OF THE PROPERTY
4. VISIBLE DAMAGE TO ROOF: FRACTURES, MISPLACED TILES, ETC.
5. DISCOLORATION OR KNOWN EXCESSIVE AGE OF ROOF
 
If you experience any of these, you need to contact a professional roofer as soon as possible.

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