How to Check for Damage After High Winds

Storms with high winds can permanently damage your home. Asphalt shingles can suffer granular loss. In some cases you may find holes, cracking, or missing shingles. Storms that produce tornados can also cause split seams and torn or missing shingles, which can lead to leaking and water damage that will certainly compromise the structural integrity of your home. In severe wind, it is common for shingles or sections of the roof to be missing.

Severe wind storms can cause shingle damage.

Severe wind storms can cause shingle damage.

Other types of roofs can also suffer from severe wind damage. The damage looks the same on slate, wood, asphalt, metal, and tile shingles. Cracked or broken shingles, missing shingles, torn or split seams, and missing sections of the roof are signs of severe wind storm damage on all types of roofs.


High winds causes missing shingles and roof damage.

The National Storm Damage Center lists these common signs of roof damage due to a storm with high winds.

  • Missing shingles
  • Bruises or dented asphalt shingles
  • Cracked or broken tile, slate, or concrete shingles
  • Granules collecting in the gutters or downspouts
  • Leaks in your roof or ceiling
  • Dents on vents, gutters or flashing

Remember, you shouldn’t climb on your roof yourself; if you suspect roof damage call us for an inspection. If we find damage we can implement a temporary patch and we’ll work with you to communicate with your insurance company and understand your options!