The highest wind gust ever recorded in Indianapolis was a 111 mph blast from the northwest on June 29, 1929, according to The Indy Star. We hope your home is never hit by such a wind blast. Yet your home could have shingles blown off by milder breezes, leaving you wondering how to repair roof shingles blown off by the wind.
You would think you would notice if your home was hit by a 111-mph wind. Yet you may come out of your home one morning to find shingles ripped from your roof even without such a sustained wind. How?
Shingles are affected by many factors:
- Your roof’s geometry — Steep-pitched, gable roofs with wide overhangs are highly susceptible to wind uplift
- Local weather patterns — Your neighborhood may be prone to high winds
- Roof age and condition — An older, dryer roof is prone to wind uplift
- Faulty installation — Incorrect nail placement is the leading cause of shingle failure
- Previous, unrepaired damage
Your Indianapolis-area home may never feel a 111-mph wind, yet your shingles could be torn away. The leading cause is neglect. Your roof is an integrated system you cannot ignore, so have your local roofer inspect and clean your roof every year.
Shingles are unitized construction, meaning they are identical from piece to piece. Your nearby residential roofer can lift up and remove parts of shingles without affecting neighboring shingles. Then replacement shingles (bought in an economical pack of about 33 square feet) can be inserted and nailed down.
Prevent many wind-related shingle failures by recruiting your roofer for annual inspection, maintenance, and minor repair work. A small problem can be corrected quickly, helping your roof handle the winds better.
The right person to solve your roof’s wind damage is not you, or a storm chaser. Never venture out onto your home’s roof, because the steep slope is slippery and dangerous. You also could void your roofing warranty by making faulty repairs.
Call your local, experienced residential roofer. Your roofer has the safety equipment and proper training to move around on your roof without risk. Your neighborhood roofer also knows how to repair a single shingle or an entire row efficiently and correctly.
Moss Roofing in Indianapolis is your local, helpful roofer ready to handle all your roofing needs. Please contact us today to learn what we can do for you!