What is wind damage?

High winds do not hit your roof evenly across the surface. The corners, the edges of the roof, and the ridge line are especially susceptible to damage from high winds.

The wind can get under a corner or small piece of the shingle and curl it, or rip it off completely. This can leave your roof exposed in those areas, leading to leaks.

Another danger of high winds to your roof is “lifting.” While the shingles may look intact from the ground, high winds coming up over a roof can create a suction effect and “lift” the shingles upwards, loosening the nails which are holding them down.

When the shingles lift, the sealant between each layer can be broken, leading to leaks.

Additionally, high winds can blow debris around and cause trees and limbs to fall on your roof. Falling limbs can puncture the roof, or destroy your shingles, so be sure to cut down any trees which are overhanging your roof before any storms or high winds hit.

The debris that is blown around by the wind (branches, garbage, deck furniture, lawn decorations, etc.) can often be more damaging to your roof than the wind itself.

For more information, check out GAF’s article on how hail affects roofing shingles.

How to spot storm and hail damage

Finding hail damage on particular surfaces, such as windows, siding, and even your car can be easy to find – just find the dings and marks. But when it comes to discovering damage on your roof, identifying and preventing potential leaks can be difficult. Hail damage to roof tops often times cannot be seen from the ground, and that’s a big reason why the idea of hail damage hardly ever crosses a homeowner’s mind.

The three types of damage on a roof include bruising, cracking, and missing granules from asphalt. For an efficient roof inspection, follow these steps:

  • Look for cracks in the shingles. Large pieces of hail can cause circular cracks on the shingles after a hard landing.

  • Missing pieces of asphalt will indicate signs of damage. If you find any shingles that expose black substrate, they will need to be professionally repaired before next rainfall.

  • Check for bruising in the shingles. This kind of damage cannot always be visible, so you will have to feel for small dents, pressing to see if you can push it in. If so, the area has begun to deteriorate.

Ignoring the damage to a roof after a storm will only lead to bigger problems down the road.

For more information, check out GAF’s article on how hail affects roofing shingles.

What to ask a roofing contractor

There are many important questions to ask before selecting a roofing contractor. Sliding Hill Roofing is a licensed and certified roofing contractor based in Richmond, Virginia.

  1. Does your contractor have credit with material suppliers?

    Contractors that do not have credit with material suppliers tend to move around between storms, instead of focusing on business in a specific area. These contractors are less likely to offer you a workmanship warranty on your roof, and if they do, they may not be around a couple of years in the future if a warranty problem does arrive.

  2. Does your contractor ask for money upfront to purchase materials?

    You should NEVER pay money up front to a contractor before any work has been performed. You are not protected in any way from the contractor taking your money and moving on to the next town

  3. Is your roofing contractor licensed with the State Association?

    The State Association for Virginia is the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation. Sliding Hill Roofing is a good standing member of DPOR and is licensed for both residential and commercial roofing. Our License number is # 2705171790

  4. Does your contractor give you a choice of shingle brand?

    A contractor should inform you of the various brands available in your area and give their recommendations for your home and show competency installing those brands. Ask for certifications and references and be sure to verify all information your contractor provides.

  5. Does your contractor have general liability and workers compensation insurance?

    Always make sure that your contractor has current general liability and workers compensation insurance in case of an accident occurring at your home. You can request a copy of the insurance certificate to make sure it is in good standing.

  6. Does your contractor have a roofing crew leader and superintendent to oversee your roofing installation?

    Sliding Hill Roofing has a crew leader on the job at all times to inspect the work as it is being performed. The owners of the company personally visit each job as it is being performed to thoroughly check the job before final close out.

  7. What certifications to you hold from manufacturers?

    In the roofing industry, you’re going to want to see certifications from GAF, CertainTeed, Owens Corning, Tamko, Gaco Western, DuroLast, Select ShingleMaster, and other popular roofing manufacturers.