While some homeowners think that they should only be concerned with hailstorms when it comes to their roof, there’s a lot of damage that storms can do overall, especially if high winds are involved. The Midwest does not have to worry about hurricanes or earthquakes, but we do have to watch out for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. In the right circumstances, strong winds and heavy rain can also cause significant damage to a roof. So what should homeowners look out for?

High Winds

Wind damage will often affect the edges of the roof or areas of the roof that have already seen damage/wear. Once it’s ripped off some shingles, it could start a domino effect and pull up other linked shingles.


Debris such as branches or other objects can cause damage to your roof depending on the size/weight of the items and the speed of the wind. If the storm is strong enough to uproot a tree, that could also damage your home when it falls. When inspecting the damage, avoid large debris like that and also any downed powerlines.

Heavy Rain

While this typically requires consistently heavy rainstorms, your roof can still suffer damage from rain. The shingles can start to curl or buckle if they’re worn down enough from frequent heavy rain, which then makes them more likely to break during high winds or hail. Then, if the roof is exposed, your interior might suffer from water damage.

Once the storm has passed and it’s safe to go out, observe your roof to see if you can spot damage from the ground. Missing shingles or a torn roof edge can be seen from far away. However, smaller damage such as torn shingles and hail damage could be harder to spot. If you can see debris around your home, damage on your neighbor’s roof, or heard hail during the storm, then you should call in a roofing expert for an inspection.

There’s unfortunately no guaranteed way to protect your roof from severe storms, but a newer roof installed by experts will hold up better against the elements. If your roof hasn’t been inspected in 10+ years, we would recommend you having it looked at anyway to make sure it’s up to the task. Timberline Roofing & Contracting serves the Twin Cities metro, and we offer experienced roofing services and high-quality results.