Northern Delaware may be known for things like the Dover Speedway, The University of Delaware, and scores of fascinating museums, but we also get our fair share of windy weather. When the winds pick up in winter or during a summer storm, you may be able to take cover, but your roof is out there taking the brunt of what Mother Nature has to offer. Depending on the speed and intensity of the wind and the current condition of your roof, your asphalt shingle roof may be just fine, or it may sustain serious damage. Here’s some more information about asphalt shingle roofing to help keep you on top of the situation.
What Can Happen
If you have shingles on your roof that were improperly installed or are of lower quality, you could end up with a host of issues once the winds pick up. Some of the summer storms we get are enough to tear poor quality shingles right off your roof and send them flying through the neighborhood. Here are some of the more common issues Northern Delaware homeowners can face with asphalt shingles on a windy day:
- Lifting – Strong winds can cause your shingles to lift up temporarily, allowing water to get in and weakening the shingle for the future.
- Cracking – If your shingles crack during heavy winds, they are more susceptible to water damage and may end up coming off completely the next time there’s a strong storm.
- Loosening nails – The persistent pressure from gusty winds can eventually loosen the nails holding your asphalt shingles in place. This can be a potential issue for the stability of your shingles in future storms.
- Gutter damage – If pieces of your shingles break off or there is a lot of sediment released, it could end up in your gutters, causing blockages and not allowing water to flow through.
And if some of your shingles do happen to break free completely, they could cause damage to other homes, and cars, or cause injuries to people on the ground. We never know just how strong the winds are going to be, so it’s a good idea to counter that unpredictability by taking preventative measures to ensure your asphalt roof is in good condition no matter what the weather is doing.
Regular Roof Inspections
Having your roof inspected by professionals is the best way to determine if your roofing materials are in good condition or not. When you work with us, we will provide you with a free, no-obligation inspection, so you have a clear understanding of the state of your roof moving forward.
Address Issues Before They Escalate
If you do have any issues such as the ones mentioned above, it’s a good idea to address them before they have a chance to cause real problems. A few cracks and some lifting may not seem like a big deal right now, but the next time there’s a serious storm those issues could be enough to tear your shingles off completely.
Only Buy High-Quality Shingles
It stands to reason that the higher quality of your shingles, the more they’re going to withstand severe weather. At Best Choice Roofing, we only work with Owens Corning asphalt shingles because they are incredibly durable and will protect you and your family better than other roofing materials on the market. Owens Corning True Definition Duration shingles can even withstand wind speeds of up to 130 mph.
Trust Your Roof to a Reputable Roofing Company
Working with a reputable roofing company always makes a big difference, and when you work with our team at Best Choice Roofing, you can feel confident we always have your best interests at heart. Whether it’s a detailed inspection, complex roof repairs, or a new roof installation, we will provide you with the quality service you need to make sure your roof is in good condition all year round.
If you’re having issues with your roof, or you’d like us to take a closer look to make sure you’re ready for the next big storm, get in touch with us today, and we’ll take it from there.