It is very important to make sure that you are getting outside to check over the condition of your residential roof after your area has experienced a significant storm. Even if you think that the storm was not too bad, there still could have been damage caused to your residential roof. Any and all damage to the roof needs to be dealt with as soon as possible in order to avoid additional problems. Here are some of the signs of roofing storm damage that you will want to be on the lookout for:
There Are Missing Shingles
Firstly, be mindful of missing shingles. Strong winds from a storm can easily rip shingles from your roof, leaving exposed areas that can lead to leaks. Even just one missing shingle should be something that catches your attention. After all, once one shingle has been lifted from the roof, it is only a matter of time before additional shingles will have the same fate.
Secondly, check for bruised or cracked shingles. Hail can cause significant damage to shingles, often leaving dents or bruises that are noticeable up close. If the hail was large enough, it may have even cracked some of the shingles. You might want to use a ladder to get close enough to the shingles for a thorough inspection. Then again, if you are afraid of heights or do not have access to a large enough ladder, you can always use a pair of binoculars or even the zoom feature on your phone's camera so you can get a close look at the shingles.
Granules Are Falling Off
Additionally, you will want to keep an eye out for granules in the gutters. As shingles age or become damaged, they shed their granules, which often end up in the gutters. After a storm, be sure to check your gutters for excessive amounts of these granules. Remember, an alarming amount of granules could indicate serious roof damage.
Finally, look out for leaks in your attic or ceiling. If your roof has been damaged, water may have infiltrated your home. After the storm passes, inspect your attic and interior ceilings for signs of water damage such as damp patches or discolorations.
If you notice any of the previously mentioned signs, or anything else you find alarming about the condition of your roof, it's time to call a professional to assess the damage and plan the necessary repairs.
Contact a roofer to learn more about storm damage roof repair.