Category Archives: Wind Damage

Beware of the Flying Debris

Posted by in Wind Damage | April 24, 2017

We are often told about and shown the destructive power of a tornado, roofs dislodged, buildings partially dismantled, and even neighborhoods leveled.  These are real and life threatening, and we need to take cover when given a tornado warning. But… Read More

Hand Torn Shingles

Posted by in Roof, Shingles, Wind Damage | May 02, 2016

Most things are made better by hand, such as, automobile engines, pies, furniture, chocolate, etc. However, hand-made “wind damage” to shingles is an oxymoron. Here are a few examples of hand-torn shingles and their evidence of being hand torn.  Look… Read More

Observations Regarding Wind Damage to Shingles

Posted by in Shingles, Wind Damage | November 02, 2015

Just because a tree or portion of a large tree has been felled by wind doesn’t necessarily mean that the shingles have been damaged by wind (See the photos below of the undamaged shingles on the roof near a fallen… Read More

How Does Sheltering Affect Wind Pressures?

Posted by in Weather Events, Wind Damage | June 01, 2015

The magnitude of the pressures generated by wind on a building are not only correlated to the speed of the wind passing by, but they are also affected by the degree of the exposure of the building to the direction… Read More

Garage Whisperer

Posted by in Simple Forensic Methods, Wind Damage, Wood | December 15, 2014

We are often contacted to evaluate “Why is the garage leaning?” and “When did the lean occur?”  (See the featured photo).  With regard to the latter question, fortunately we have super listening powers.  That is, we are able to hear… Read More

Threshold Damage to Garage Doors Exposed to Explosion or Excessive Winds

Posted by in Explosion Damage, Wind Damage | July 07, 2014

An evaluation of building damage resulting from excessive air pressures generated by a nearby explosion or generated by excessive winds may include examination and evaluation of the garage door, especially if the garage door faces toward the site of the… Read More

Evaluating the History of a Leaning Garage

Posted by in Simple Forensic Methods, Wind Damage, Wood | April 28, 2014

Here are a couple tips for evaluating the history of a leaning garage. Sometimes a four foot level is helpful in measuring the lean of a garage.  Other times the lean is so obvious, no measurement is needed.    … Read More

Compare: An Adhesive Failure Vs. a Cohesive Failure in an Asphalt Shingle

Posted by in Shingles, Wind Damage | September 16, 2013

The wind resistance of asphalt shingles is strongly correlated to the sealing of the tabs.  That is, if the tabs are well sealed, the shingle have excellent resistance to damage from exposure to high winds.  An exception to this is… Read More