The roofing industry is usually divided on discussions surrounding wind damage on asphalt shingle roofing systems. It is a result of several misconceptions about the subject. Sometimes, other factors can be attributed to asphalt shingle damage, not necessarily caused by the wind itself. This can be worrisome, especially if the contractor you hired failed to identify the true cause of the roof damage. Since the real issue wasn’t addressed, they may have implemented the wrong solution to the problem.
In this blog, residential roofing service contractor Timberland Exteriors takes a closer look at the most common misconceptions about wind damage on asphalt shingle roofs.
“Wind-Lifted” Shingles Are Not Always Apparent
When taking into account the likelihood that wind-related damage to asphalt shingle roofs can sometimes be concealed, one must consider how the shingle material was damaged to begin with. A thorough inspection can help reveal signs such as missing sections, creases, tears, folds, and reduced adhesion.
The Lack of Adhesion Indicates Wind-Damaged Shingles
Wind and hail storm damage restoration experts know how to identify wind-damaged shingles. Unfortunately, many contractors dismiss them as a result of inadequate adhesion. This proves to be a fatal mistake; even when there are no strong winds, there are other reasons why adhesives on the back of the shingles could fail. Improper installation, adhesive contamination, and thermal expansion and contraction are some examples.
Tests Can Determine Shingles’ Strength Reduction Following a Storm
The Standard Test Method for Wind Resistance of Asphalt Shingles, also known as Uplift Force/Uplift Resistance Method or ASTM D7158, is an empirical test used in the roofing industry to determine the strength of asphalt shingles following a storm. However, there are only a few laboratories with the capability to carry out this test. It can get quite costly, too. That’s why some roofing manufacturers utilize other testing methods that may vary substantially with the results that can be obtained from ASTM D7158.
Timberland Exteriors is the leading exterior remodeling contractor in the local area. We can respond quickly to make emergency repairs to your home to minimize damage. We will then work with your insurance company to make sure your insurance needs are taken care of and that you receive the proper compensation. Call (218) 849-6675 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve Minnesota residents, especially those in and around Detroit Lakes, MN.