Roof Shingles Damaged by Wind? Here’s How to Check

A heavy wind can take down trees and toss debris all over your yard. Worse yet, heavy enough winds can do damage to your roof. If you’ve had a big storm in your area, you may be concerned that your roof shingles were damaged by the wind. It’s definitely wise to check. For this reason, you should take a look below at some of the easiest ways for homeowners to check a roof for wind damage.

Wind storm bending a tree

3 Ways to Check For Damaged Roof Shingles

According to a report from the National Weather Service, there were over 16,000 cases of severe windstorms in the United States in 2019, with Ohio coming in 7th out of all 50 states. In other words, wind damage can be a real issue for Ohio homeowners.

Gauge Wind Speed

Whew! The storm’s over. So what now? Superstorm Restoration over in Iowa suggests checking that wind speed, and we agree! They have a wind speed damage infographic (scroll down a tad) that gives some helpful numbers. These should guide you in assessing the risk to your roof shingles.

Wind speeds can be a huge indicator of whether your roof shingles were damaged in bad weather. However, you can’t exactly walk outside with a radar gun in the middle of a storm to check speeds. Luckily, you can find past weather reports for Columbus, Detroit, and beyond at LocalConditions.com.

Find out how bad the storm really was, compare it to a metric for dangerous wind speeds, and you’ll have a better idea of whether or not you’re looking at a serious roof repair.

Pro Tip: As our friends over at Owens Corning point out, different types of shingles are manufactured for different wind speeds. GPro Exteriors is an Owens Corning Preferred Contractor. This means we have a reputation for high-quality service and materials. By way of example, our StormMaster Shake shingles are warrantied for up to 150 mph. For reference, that’s faster than Hurricane Florence’s top recorded wind speed. 💨

StormMaster Shake roof shingles
Atlas roof shingles are the best in the business. Bar none.

DIY Damage Check

Just as you can when checking your roof for hail damage, it never hurts to do a DIY examination before you call for a free roof repair estimate. See if your roof shingles show obvious signs of damage. Is anything immediately visible from the ground? If you have a ladder and can use it safely, climb up to the gutter level. At the very least after that, you’ll have your own information to take into any conversations should you need to find a contractor or hire a local roofing company.

Lastly, a simple perimeter sweep may reveal broken shingles or roofing materials in your yard. Depending on how bad the winds and how well-installed your shingles, you may find something. Detached roofing material is, of course, an indicator that some damage has been done. But only a roofing professional will be able to quickly tell you the extent of it.

 

Damaged roof shingles
Missing roof shingles are a clear sign of roof damage.

Get a Free Drone Estimate

If you suspect a problem with your roof, there’s no reason not to get a drone estimate. The best option is the one that requires no money, time, or obligation, and that’s exactly what a drone quote is. In addition, there are a variety of less obvious benefits to drone estimates for roof repairs, not the least of which being social distancing during the pandemic.

None of this is intended to discourage you from doing the previous steps though. Do those too! The more you know the better. At the end of the day, however, there’s only one way to get the peace of mind that comes with knowing your roof is in perfect shape. So whether it’s a roof leak, missing roof shingles, or a full roof repair, the wise move is always to have a roofing pro take a look.

Man in a baseball cap holding a drone

 

Drone Roof Inspection Is the Way of the Future

Our team has a tradition of doing things a bit differently. We strive daily to be the best roofing option in Columbus and Detroit, but we also look to be the most innovative. Besides our one-of-a-kind pet-friendly approach to roof repairs, we offer a variety of options for customers to receive their free estimates on roof repair work. Text estimates, email quotes, and (socially-distanced) in-person visits are available, but our most innovative and exciting method is a drone roof inspection. That’s right! We will send our company drone to your house if you choose. In fact, we truly hope you do! Besides just being awesome, drone roof inspection is also a very practical means of giving estimates. Here are a few reasons why the roofing industry is looking at drones for the future of roof repair estimates:

Social Distancing

This is the big one, of course. It’s the primary reason we at GPro believe investing in drone technology is a wise decision for roofing contractors. Keeping our customers safe is one of 3 core promises we make to every customer, and we take that seriously. We also happen to like our employees. As of the date of publication, maintaining social distance is still highly advisable. We want to continue doing our part, and drone estimates help us limit contact. As an essential service, GPro Exteriors has fully complied with healthcare officials throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. Anything that we can do to keep you safe — we’re going to do it. And hey, if you get a cool drone visit out of the deal… even better, right?

Accuracy

Nothing says “precise” like HD video footage. Choosing a drone roof inspection lets our company get everything we need to give you an extremely realistic cost estimate of any roof repair work your home needs. If we have any questions at all, it takes mere seconds to go back over the footage. This lets our team proceed with confidence to every job. Using drones for roofing estimates (window, siding, and gutter estimates too, where needed) can significantly cut down on miscommunication and mistakes. We take pride in being precise with our work as well as with the information we give our customers. Drones help our team live up to this benchmark of quality.

Response Time

In general, an in-person estimate may sound alright. But when a roofing contractor tells you it will take days to get someone out to your home, that can be a problem. Especially if your home is critically damaged and you need a roof shingles repair company immediately. All the hassle of waiting around becomes a non-issue with drone estimates. Even in busy season, GPro can get you a free estimate as soon as your schedule permits. Simply let us know what time works best for you (in case any of the family wants to be there to watch a professional drone in action!).

No matter how you look at it, drones are shaping up to be a big part of the future of roof repairs. We’re excited to be a part of that evolution. Stay safe out there, and let us know anytime you could use a free, no obligation drone estimate.

 

*To see the kind of detail a quality drone can provide, check out some of our on-site footage.