Spot the Signs of Wind Damage to your Roofing System

The Greater Vancouver Area gets more than its fair share of severe weather. Storms are a common cause of damage to homes and especially our roofs. The heavy rains and wind can cause major roofing issues and the signs of wind damage to a roof are something most homeowners aren’t sure what to look for. We’ll outline our top signs to look for to check for wind damage to your Vancouver Home.

Missing Shingles from Your Roof

The most obvious sign of wind damage to your roof is missing shingles. During severe storms, high winds can grab onto your shingles and tear them right off your roof. This is especially common in older roofs where shingles may have become loose during previous storms or due to age.

After a wind storm, walk around your property to see if you can find any gaps where shingles are supposed to be. It’s also a good idea to check the ground around the exterior of your home to see if any shingles have fallen into your yard. If you notice any missing shingles, contact a roofing contractor immediately to resolve the problem. Missing shingles leave your roof and your home vulernable to further damage and water damage inside your home. Having a repair done now will save you thousands of dollars than if the issue were allowed get worse.

Granule Loss

Sometimes high winds can cause shingle damage and still leave them perfectly attached to your roof. The granules on the shingles of your roof provide a crucial layer of protection for your home. While these granules do erode slowly over time, a severe storm can cause sudden deterioration that compromises your roofing system.

One of the easiest ways to check for granule loss is to check your gutter system. If there is an issue with granule loss, you’ll generally see the granules in your gutter system. The other method involves getting onto your roof to check the shingles themselves. This isn’t an option we generally recommend as getting onto your roof after a storm can be slippery and dangerous. It’s best to have a qualified roofing contractor perform the inspection for you.


Wind can cause damage to your home indirectly as well as directly. One way that wind causes damage to your home indirectly is by picking up debris and dumping it onto your roof. When this happens, your siding, windows roof and other exposed aspects of your home’s exterior are at risk of damage.

The sure-fire way to check for debris damage is to look for dents in your roof. Even if you don’t notice any marks on your roof itself, be sure to check the rest of your home’s exterior as well. If you spot any damage to your siding, gutters or other areas of your exterior, there’s a very good change your roof was damaged as well.

Get a Roof Inspection

A roof inspection is a complete walkthrough of your roofing system that looks for any signs of damage to your roof. A qualified roofing contractor can perform these types of inspections with great accuracy. This allows you to know about any problems, no matter how small, so they can be addressed before they become major and costly repairs.

If you’re looking for a roof inspection or to have roof damage repaired, get in touch with our team at In Awe Roofing for your free, no obligation consultation and estimate today.