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How To: Repairing Wind Damaged Shingles

How To: Repairing Wind Damaged Shingles

Roof shingles are highly durable but are prone to damage from weather. In cases of high wind, the corners of shingles can easily curl and start to peel away from the roof. Cracked or missing shingles can cause leaks and the hardest part of repairing this kind of damage is locating it.  Any damage or signs of wear call for immediate action to keep water from seeping under the shingles and rotting the wood beneath. Ignoring a problem – even what appears to be a small one – will cause the need to reroof and add hundreds of dollars to the cost of a roof.

Most popular roofing material

For residential roofing, there are six basic types: fiberglass/asphalt shingles, fire-treated wood shakes and shingles, clay or concrete tile, real and synthetic slate products, hot far, and modified roofing. 80% of homes are roofed with asphalt shingles. They’re durable, versatile, and economical, high quality at an affordable price. With an enormous range of colors, shapes, and textures available, asphalt shingles can affordably match many design choices.

How do high winds lead to wind damaged shingles?

Wind gusts of 40 mph have been found to damage shingles or even lift them from rooftops, especially if the shingles are aging or are improperly sealed. When this occurs, dirt, leaves, branches, or other debris blows underneath the shingles and speeds up the deterioration of your roofing underlay. Between the underlay damage and shingle loss, you may need to replace large portions of your roof.

Leaky roof

Look for damaged, curled, or missing shingles. At every place where two surfaces meet and around every chimney or vent, look for breaks in the flashing or caulking or for gaps in the lines of roof cement. If no damage is visible to the shingles or flashing in the leak area, call a professional roofer. The problem may be inadequate flashing or simply deterioration of the shingles. Tip: If shingles are torn, rotten, or missing, they should be replaced with new ones.

Repairing wind damaged shingles shingles

Curled-back shingles can be reattached with asphalt roof cement or compound in tubes for use with a caulking gun. Curled shingles are easily straightened out in warm weather, whereas shingles become very brittle and must be softened in cold weather. To reattach the shingle, apply roof cement generously to the bottom and press the shingle firmly into place. Tip: Always make roof repairs on a warm, dry afternoon; the shingles will be more supple and are less likely to crack.

21st Century Texas specializes in residential and commercial roofing repairs and replacements. We are known for our attention to detail, comprehensive warranties and legacy of service. Request your roof inspection today to ensure that your home is properly protected from the elements this spring at 512-219-0342.


  • Darcy

    thanx, but very little about types of shingles

  • Robert

    I’d like to know more info about how roofing damage differs in different areas, etc.
    Great article though. Thanks

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