A major storm just blew through your neighborhood! Everyone is okay, but the yard is a mess, with broken patio furniture and tree branches scattered about. You know it’ll take a bit to clean up, but nothing terrible has happened and the house looks okay from the outside…but what about the roof? How do you know if the roof has sustained damage? Should you call a professional to come take a look? 

It can be a stressful and confusing situation to be in, but these are the basic things you should look for and what you should do next.

Check for the Obvious

There are instances where the signs of a damaged roof are right in front of your face. This includes:

  • Water spots on the ceilings
  • Missing or damaged roof shingles
  • Wet walls
  • Broken and damaged flashing 
  • Water issues around your home
  • Large branches or trees on the roof

 You immediately know when you see those things that there is a problem that needs to be taken care of immediately. But what if you don’t spot the obvious?

Less Apparent Signs That Can Still Be Seen

While you may not be a roof expert, there are some signs that you can safely spot yourself if you know what to look for. Do not ever go up onto the roof yourself because you never know if there might be loose spots or rot. These are things you can easily see from the ground with the right vantage point:

  • Shingle granule buildup and dents and dings in asphalt shingles 
  • Flashing missing around skylights, chimneys, vents and along the edges of the roof 
  • Peeling or loose sealant around skylights, chimneys, vents and the edges of the roof 
  • Water damage in the attic

Get a Roof Inspection

Many times, the damage is less obvious and it calls for a professional. Element Roofing’s certified roof inspectors can ensure that your home is safe and that your roof is in working order. Regardless of the weather in your area, a yearly roof inspection is a great practice in order to get your roof checked for any damage and to stay ahead of more costly issues. A roof inspector can tell you exactly what damage there is and what needs to be done about. Contact Element today if you suspect your roof may be damaged!

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