The honest truth is that most home owners can't tell for themselves without a roofing inspection. It takes an experienced storm damage professional to tell for sure, because often the damage is not immediately noticeable. Twisted gutters, torn-off sections soffit and facia, or shingles are laying on the lawn are obvious signs of damage, but there are other indications you can look for without going up on a ladder.
- Your neighbor's roof has suffered damage: Chances are your roofs are not identical, but both of your homes were exposed to the same storm, so it would be wise to have yours inspected as well.
- Loose shingles: You can usually see these from the ground. Step back away from your home and look at the roof to see if there are any which appear to curl up or are flapping in the wind.
- Excessive roofing granules at the base of your downspouts: Roofing granules do not always indicate roof damage; often they are the sign of an old, deteriorating roof. But if you make it a practice to regularly inspect the base of your downspouts you'll be able to tell what is unusual for your roof. A significant increase in granule runoff following a storm could indicate damage.
- Wet spots on your ceilings: This indicates substantial damage, not only to your shingles but also to the underlying roofing material and possibly the roof structure itself.
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