Whenever a severe stom with high winds occurs, it’s important to check carefully for damage to the various systems and components in your home.
Most damage from winds occurs to roofs and siding. Other exterior componenets of the home can be damaged as well. In the picure at left, you can see that the roof ridge shingles were torn off and blown away by the storm. In this instance, wind speeds were reported to reach 90 mph. These were straight line winds, as opposed to the rotating winds produced by a tornado. In this case, the ridge shingles were removed but no other damaged occurred to the roof structure or components. The ridge damage was not visible from the ground; without a roof inspection, the homeowner may not have known that the damage had occurred. Withouth detection, leakage might have occurred into the roof, damaging the sheathing, trusses, and insulation. This homeowner called their insurance company for further consultation and evaluation of repairs.
Tree branches and other debris from a storm can damage siding, flashing, gutters, windows and doors. Pressure from high winds can also create uplift on roof structures which can damage walls and structural components. These components should all be carefully inpsected after a severe thunderstorm or tornadic event.
If you have overhead electrical service entry in your home, high winds can create damage there as well. It’s important to have those systems checked.
Finally, you can have your roof and siding checked for wind mitigation. Contact MBHI for all of these services. We use infrared technology and moisture meters as part of all of our inspections, to ensure that any evidence of moisture intrusion can be detected.