Wind Damage to Roofs

Wind damage is one of the most common types of damage done to roofs during storms. Knowing how to identify wind damage on your roof and what to do about it can help you avoid potential issues in other parts of your home.

Debris on the Roof

One of the ways that wind can damage your home is by flinging debris from your yard and the street onto your rooftop. This debris can fill the gutter and cause structural damage to the roof. In many cases, you can take care of this problem yourself by clearing away debris, as long as it’s not too large. When cleaning off your roof, you should:

  • Clean the gutters. Leaves and twigs that fill the gutters can cause clogs that lead to water damage.
  • Sweep away small pieces with a broom. Use a long-handled broom to clear off your roof. Do this while standing on a ladder; don’t stand on the roof itself.
  • Contact a roofing company about large tree branches and other items. If your roof is littered with large, heavy items, contact a roofer. There could be structural damage to your home.

Missing Shingles

Wind that is strong enough can rip off shingles. Missing shingles can allow rainwater to access the unseen parts of the roof, ultimately leading to leaks and water damage. To protect your house from this problem, check your yard for loose pieces of shingle after the windstorm is over.

A single lost shingle may not be a big deal, but more than one or two is an indication of a problem. Missing shingles could be a sign that your shingles are deteriorating or that they were improperly installed. You can solve the problem by having your roofing contractor take a look.


Leaks can occur after high winds because of objects that hit the roof during windstorms. Check for leaks by going into the attic and performing an inspection. If your roof is leaking, you might see:

  • Moisture on the wood
  • Dark colored wood
  • A hole in the roof

You may also see some signs of leaks that are from old damage that has already been repaired. If you’re having a hard time telling the difference between old roof damage and new, active roof damage, our expert staff at Clyde Nettles will be able to help.

Hail Damage

Some storms can bring hail, which can cause pitting and dents in your shingles and that can lead to the deterioration of your shingles and leaks in your roof. To find out if your roof has hail damage, stand on a ladder near the edge of your roof after the storm and look for dents and holes in the shingles. If you see signs of problems, contact one of our professionals right away.

If you’re looking for a reputable, upstanding roofing company in Columbia, SC, contact our team at Clyde Nettles. We’ve helped homeowners and business owners in our community recover from wind damage to their roofs for over 65 years.


Everyone worked hard, was responsive and when one area over front door was crooked, it was quickly redone without any hassle. Thank you so much!

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