Many Dallas homeowners and business owners were surprised Sunday night and into early Monday morning on October 20th and 21st of 2019 by severe storms. The damage was severe and widespread enough for Texas Governor Greg Abbott to issue a disaster declaration for nearly 20 counties in the Dallas area.
It was also confirmed by the National Weather Service that a tornado touched ground near Love Field Airport, which is located 6 miles northwest of downtown Dallas. Other tornadoes have since been confirmed. It was part of a powerful storm system that also damaged structures in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, and Tennessee.
If you are a homeowner dealing with storm damage, we’re the roofers in Dallas you can count on to help. After all, it’s not uncommon for roofs to be seriously affected by severe rain and high winds. The team from SPS Roofing has the experience and resources required to size up storm damage affecting residential or commercial roofs in Dallas. We’ll then recommend a sensible, budget-friendly solution.
Aerial Footage of Homes Damaged by Tornado
Widespread Wind Damage
The tornadoes and high winds resulting from this storm left behind heavy damage. The storm was responsible for the destruction of two schools along with widespread damage to other buildings. North Dallas was especially affected by storm-related damage, although other roofs that were subjected to high winds could also be weaker now or susceptible to serious structural problems because of the storm.
As a seasoned Dallas roofer, we know how to look for both obvious and not-so-obvious signs of damage caused by high winds. Areas like the corners and perimeter of a home or business roof are especially susceptible to higher wind pressures. This is why the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) points out that most wind-related damage starts or initially occurs at the edges of roofs.
According to the National Weather Service, the first confirmed tornado that hit North Dallas had a maximum wind speed of 140 miles per hour. However, most modern shingle roofs are designed to withstand winds up to 90 miles per hour.
There are shingles designed to be “extra durable” that can be used in tornado-prone areas. Even so, Dallas isn’t technically part of a large patch of storm-susceptible states referred to as “tornado alley.” In Texas, the central part of the state falls within this region.
This means most homes and businesses in the Dallas area are not likely to have reinforced shingles that can withstand super-high winds. Also, not all roofs in the Dallas area sustained damage from this storm. But if the storm’s high winds did affect your Dallas roof, you may notice:
- Broken, damaged, or missing shingles
- A loss of granules from asphalt shingles
- Wood shingles that are curled are split
- Blisters, wrinkles, or cracks on flat roofs
- Damaged soffit and fascia
- Leaky, clogged, or pulled away gutters
- A chimney with loose or missing flashing
Flying Debris and Tree Damage
Significant wind and rain events like what recently happened in Dallas can damage roofs by causing debris to fly and land on your roof’s surface. Even if your roof has a fairly steep angle, a large tree branch hurling at it at very fast speeds can do some serious damage or puncture it in certain spots.
During a post-storm inspection, our Dallas roofers can look for signs that suggest what might have blow across your roof when this storm occurred. This might involve looking at nearby trees around your property for signs of missing limbs or checking out what type of debris is in your yard since this could indicate what struck your roof.
Even if tree branches only lightly impacted your roof, your roof’s exposed surface may have been damaged. Falling branches from overhanging trees near your roof can also loosen, damage, or tear off shingles and other materials on your roof during a storm.