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Understanding the Impact of Wind on Florida Roof Shingles

Updated: Mar 27, 2023

Florida is known for its unpredictable weather. Strong winds and storms are common, especially during the hurricane season, which lasts from June to November. The high winds can cause damage to buildings, especially roofs. Shingles can be affected by the wind no matter the time of year. Here's how wind affects your roof shingles in Florida and what you can do to protect your home.

Your roof is an essential part of your home, protecting you and your family from the elements. The shingles on your roof are the first line of defense against wind and rain. They also help to insulate your home and keep it cooler in the summer.

The wind can have a big impact on your roof shingles. Strong wind can cause them to lift, break, or even blow right off. This damage can lead to leaks, which can cause water damage to walls and insulation. Damaged shingles can affect your AC system, leading to higher energy bills.

Wind Damage to Your Roof Shingles

Wind damage to roof shingles is more common than you might think, especially in Florida. Strong winds can lift up shingles, causing them to break. This can lead to gaps between shingles and water may get through. Then suddenly you have a leak.

Wind can also completely blow off roof shingles, leaving your roof deck exposed. This can lead to severe water damage. There doesn't need to be a hurricane event for this to happen. If your shingled roof is older, it can definitely get beat up by the wind. Repairs or even a new roof might be needed.

The wind can also cause damage to the roof's ridge vents and flashing. Ridge vents are the openings along the roof's peak that allow flow. They reduce heat buildup in the attic. The roof flashing are strips that cover the joints between the roof and chimneys or skylights. Both the ridge vents and flashing can be damaged by wind, just because of their position on the roof. It is important to keep an eye on these and check them after a wind storm.

How to Protect Your Roof Shingles from Wind Damage

There are several things you can do to protect your roofing shingles from wind damage. Here are some of them:

  • Install Wind-Resistant Shingles: If you live in a coastal area with high winds, consider installing wind-resistant shingles. These shingles are designed to withstand winds of up to 130 mph. They are made of heavier materials than standard shingles. A special adhesive is used.

  • Keep Your Roof in Good Condition: Regular maintenance of your roof will help keep it in good condition and protect it from wind damage. Inspect your roof regularly for signs of wear and tear, such as cracked or missing shingles. Never get up on the roof yourself! Always use a professional roofer.

  • Reinforce Your Roof: If you live in an area with high winds, consider reinforcing your roof. Florida coastal areas such as Flagler Beach, New Smyrna Beach, and Daytona Beach, can really benefit from doing this. Adding additional nails or screws to roofing shingles helps keep them in place. You can also add hurricane straps to the roof trusses to provide extra support.

  • Trim Trees and Shrubs: Trees and shrubs can act as wind tunnels. Trim any trees or shrubs that are close to your home.

  • Secure Loose Objects: Loose objects, such as lawn furniture or garden tools, can become projectiles during high winds. They may hit your roof so bring them inside before a storm.

Don't Wait For a Wind Storm to Get a Roof Inspection

it's a good idea to have your roof inspected after a wind storm. Triangle Roofing recommends that you have a professional roofing company inspect your roof after a wind storm, as we are trained to identify any damage that may not be immediately visible from the ground. We get up on your roof and can spot any issues or leaks. Triangle Roofing can provide necessary roof repairs or shingle replacement to ensure that your roof remains strong and watertight.

If you need a free roofing quote in Port Orange, Ormond Beach, Ponce Inlet, Bunnell, DeLand, Edgewood, or St. Augustine contact Joe: (386) 673-6600

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