The sky clouds over and the temperature changes suddenly – when you realize a storm is coming in, what is your first step to prepare? Storms can usher in many powerful aspects of weather, but one of the most destructive elements is often strong winds. Wind is a factor in all types of storms and can occur during any time of year. To help you take precaution against the effects of strong winds, we walk through the basics of wind damage here.
The Physics of Wind Damage
Wind, as it passes over a surface, does not flow evenly. The edges of the surface are subject to the initial impacts of wind and buffer the rest of the surface from this impact. The areas that first absorb the impact of the wind will experience a higher wind pressure. This same phenomenon occurs on a roof: as winds come through, they first impact the perimeter of the roof, and this is often where the most damage occurs.
When wind pressure becomes strong enough to lift the roof material, the wind is allowed to blow in underneath and peel it away. These are the beginnings of wind damage. The problems can escalate when wind is strong enough to lift objects from the ground and toss them through the air, posing a threat to your roof and the rest of your home.
To help combat wind damage, regular, professional roof inspections are critically important! Call our team today at 513-896-1600!