How to Inspect Your Roof for Storm Damage

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As a responsible homeowner, it is important to know exactly what is going on with your home – and how to assess any damage directly after a storm rolls through the area.

Instead of climbing onto the roof in a hurry to check for any potential damage, consider what kind of steps you can take after the storm has passed. Not only will this keep you safe by keeping you off the roof, it will also help your roofing company to give you an accurate estimate and the services you need to get your roof back in the best condition.

Wait Until the Storm Has Fully Passed

For your own safety, we recommend that you wait until the storm has completely passed and the sky is clear. Even if there is no longer any rain or heavy winds, the storm can still cause shingles to fall or any branches trapped on the roof to slide down, injuring you. When the sky is cleared up, you will also be able to see the roof much more clearly.

Use Binoculars from the Ground

Instead of climbing onto a ladder, try using binoculars instead. This will allow you to get a good look at the condition of the shingles and other parts of your roof without putting yourself in danger – or damaging the roof more with foot traffic.

Check for Signs of Damage

There are a number of ways that a storm can damage your roofing, making it important to look for any sign of damage. Using binoculars to get a close look at the roof, keep an eye out for the following:

  • Hail damage can be noticeable with small golf-sized dents on the roofing
  • Shingles may be missing or slightly off-center
  • Discoloration to any flat pats of the roof
  • Chimney may also have parts missing

Some of these signs of a damaged roof could mean that your roof is not as sturdy, making it important to stand a good distance away until professionals come to make the necessary repairs.

Inspect for Leaks in the Interior of Your Home

Checking for leaks inside your home should also be done to make sure that there are no holes on the roof. Discoloration in the ceiling or any dampness on the floor can mean that there is a hole that needs to be fixed right away.

If you are still uncertain of whether you have a damaged roof, do not hesitate to contact us.

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