How Strong Winds Can Affect Your Roof

Fixing damaged roof shingles. A section was blown off after a storm with high winds causing a potential leak.

If you’ve lived in Central Ontario for more than a few months, you know that late spring and early summer can bring thunderstorms and strong winds from Georgian Bay, Lake Ontario and Lake Erie that converge in the Barrie area. These winds can damage even a new and well-maintained roof. That’s why it’s so important to have your roof inspected by a trusted roofing contractor after a severe storm or once a year as a preventative measure. This inspection can help you avoid costly and messy water damage from a roof leak left unchecked. Ainger Group Roofing and Exteriors specializes in roof repair in Barrie and the surrounding areas. Our experienced and friendly roof technicians can help determine if your roof has been damaged and track down the source of any leak.

High winds and your roof

High winds can cause all sorts of damage to your roof, even a newer and well-maintained roof. Winds can blow off singles and compromise the flashing around your chimney and vents. It can also cause water to pool in lower areas of your roof, leading to leaks and weakening your soffit and fascia boards. High winds can also send leaves and pine needles into your gutters and downspouts, clogging them and allowing water to accumulate at your roof’s edge.

If your home or business has a flat roof, high winds can lift your roofing material and cause water to enter your home. Winds can also send sharp branches to fall on your roofing membrane, compromising the integrity of your entire roof.

Signs of roof damage from high winds

Some signs of roof damage are visible from the ground. Others require a closer inspection. That’s why it’s important to call a roofing professional if you suspect you have damage. Walking around on your roof yourself is not only dangerous, but can actually make your damage worse.

Some signs you might notice from the ground are loose or curled shingles. You might even have shingles lying on the ground. You might also see damage to your soffit or fascia boards or areas of your roof where the granules on the shingles have been rubbed smooth by the winds. The first signs of wind damage might be indoors, such as a leak or a stain on your wall or ceiling.

To learn more about roof repair in Barrie and keeping your roof safe during high winds or to schedule an appointment for a roof inspection or repair, contact Ainger Roofing and Exteriors. Our family-run business has been helping Central Ontario home and business owners like you with their roofing needs for more than 25 years.

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