After a storm, roof damage can easily go undetected without taking a closer look. And undetected storm damage can cause big headaches for homeowners. If you've experienced a recent storm and think you may have roof damage— follow these steps to visually inspect your property to determine if you should call for a roofing inspection.
Check for Signs of Roof Damage Inside
There are some key spots that you can inspect inside your home to detect signs of storm damage. First, head to the attic. Look for any visible signs of damage such as cracks, wet/brown spots, or sagging in your ceiling.
Next, look around windows and skylights for any small dents or cracks. These damages can be caused by hail, fallen limbs or branches, and high winds.
Walk the Perimeter of Your Home's Exterior
When inspecting for storm damage, walk the perimeter of your home's exterior. What do you see? Do you see branches and loose limbs in the yard? Are there any dents in materials like gutters, downspouts, siding, or windows? These can be common signs of wind or hail damage to your roof.
If these aspects of your home or yard have been damaged by the storm, there is a definite possibility your roof experienced some damage too. If you're unsure, you should try to schedule a roof repair inspection as soon as possible.
Look for Loose, Cracked, Or Missing Shingles
Looking for loose, cracked, or missing shingles is the clearest sign of damage from a storm. Check for these items on your roof and in and around your yard. Missing roof shingles should be replaced right away, so be sure to call a certified roofing contractor you trust as soon as you identify this type of damage.
Search for Collection of Granules
Some granule loss is a normal part of roof weathering and wear and tear. All shingles will lose granules over time. However, after a storm, this is a great time to look for a collection of granules in places like your gutters or near your downspouts. If your shingles are experiencing significant loss of granules, this can lead to early aging of your roof, causing damage, cracking, and eventually shingle loss.
Keep an Eye Out for Variation in Shingle Color
Even if you don't see any granule collection, look for variation or dark patches in your shingles as well. This can be a sign that granules have come off of the shingle. Over time, these exposed patches can lead to the drying of asphalt and eventually cause leaks in your roof.
If you come across any of these signs or you're unsure if your home has been damaged by a storm— you should get a roof inspection. Roof inspections are free from most roofing companies and knowing you're protecting your most valuable asset is priceless anyway.
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