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Record Wind Gusts Leave Damage Throughout Tucson 

Mar 6, 2023

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Was Your Roof Buffeted by Wind Damage in Tucson?

Here in Tucson, we see our fair share of extreme weather. Typically that stormy weather falls within the monsoon season, while the intense heat of summer does its own damage to roofs in our area. Recently, though, a sudden wind storm swept through Tucson, leaving many homeowners with roof damage.

While hail is usually the first source of damage homeowners think of, high winds can do a number on your roof, leaving it vulnerable as a result. At Dolan Roofing & Construction, we’ve been fielding many calls for wind damage repair throughout Tucson. Here’s what you need to know about the recent storm, how to spot damage, and what to do if your home was affected.

Record Tucson Gusts Cause Widespread Roof Wind Damage

Just a couple weeks ago, a major wind storm blew through Tucson. The storm brought some of the highest wind gusts ever recorded in our area—up to 51 mph, more than enough to do serious damage. These high winds wreaked havoc throughout the Tucson metro area, bringing down trees, knocking out power lines, and flinging dangerous debris. 

This wind gust wasn’t just impressive for its intensity—it’s also the first time we’ve seen winds that high in the last 50 years! Interestingly, there were also gusts of up to 49 mph barely a week prior. In other words, February was a very windy month here in Tucson.

How to Spot Wind Damage to Your Roof

These surprise wind gusts have left many homeowners with damage to their roof, siding, landscaping, and more. Were you in the path of these extreme wind gusts? If so, here are a few signs of roof damage you should look for.

Shingles Missing from Your Roof

Missing shingles are the clearest sign of wind damage to your roof, as the gusts catch hold of exposed portions of shingle and rip them away. If your roof is older, it’s more likely that some of your shingles were vulnerable to this type of damage.

Granule Loss and Lines on Shingles

High winds can also strip the protective layer of granules that line the exterior of asphalt shingles. While less severe than missing shingles, significant granule loss is still a problem that should be addressed, as these granules play a crucial role in protecting your roof.

To spot missing granules, look for lines along the edges of your shingles. You should also check the ground surrounding your home (or downspouts, of your home has a gutter system) to look for accumulated piles of asphalt. 

Divots and Dents

Wind doesn’t just damage your roof by directly tearing away materials. It can also fling debris around that may damage your roof, siding, windows, and more. Walk around the exterior of your home to check for divots or dents in areas you can easily see. If your siding shows signs of damage from debris, there’s a high likelihood that your roof has been damaged as well.

Schedule Your Tucson Roof Inspection Today!

If you see signs of damage to your roof, don’t hesitate to schedule a roof repair! Failing to address roof damage leaves your roof vulnerable to problems in the future. A damaged roof is more susceptible to moisture intrusion, hail, and even future wind storms.

Not all wind damage will be easy for you to spot yourself, however. That’s why, if your home was in the path of these unexpected wind gusts, it’s a good idea to schedule an inspection from a trained roofing professional. A roofer will be more adept at spotting signs of damage, and they’ll be able to provide a more thorough inspection of your roof. It’s much safer than climbing on your roof yourself, too!

If you feel your home may have been damaged by recent historic wind gusts in Tucson, contact Dolan Roofing today to schedule an inspection.