How To Identify Roof Damage To Your Home

Home Emergency Articles Posted on by Frances Bailey

Most of us have little time to notice the roofs of our homes, not until we see a problem such as a leaking roof or fungus growing on the walls.

It is important that you proactively inspect your roof at least twice a year. Detecting roof damages timely will save you the cost of expensive repairs later on, and more importantly ensure that your family and property are safe at all times.

Besides the normal wear of the roof over time, damages can also be due to other factors, such as snowstorms, strong winds, extreme weather conditions, or a fallen tree limb.

Depending on the extent of damage and the age of the roof of your house, repairing it may require either simple or extensive efforts. Therefore, having spotted the first sign of trouble, it is important to ascertain the exact cause of damage. You can visually inspect the damages from ground level using a pair of binoculars. If possible, safely inspect the roof space using a ladder and loft hatch.

Here are some of the things to look for when inspecting your roof for damages:

  • Damage to shingles: Look for shingle surfaces that are missing the top layer of substrate (gravel). The top surface may have worn out due to a hailstorm or simply because the roof is very old. Call a professional roofer to inspect the roof even minor damages. If a huge tree limb has fallen on the roof, closely inspect the impacted roof area for any cracks in the shingles.
  • Broken tiles: Check if any of the tiles are cracked or broken. You may also notice broken tiles lying on the ground.
  • Missing shingles / tiles: Check if there are any missing shingles or tiles. This may happen due to extreme winds or because the sealant has cracked causing the tiles/ shingles to come loose.
  • Water leaks: Leaks can occur from any part of the roof. In particular, inspect the underside of the attic and the roof area around vent openings. In a wooden roof, the leaks can be identified through water stains on the plywood.

Having done an initial survey of the damages, call a roofing specialist to inspect your home, suggest the repairs needed, and provide an estimate of the costs involved.

Even if you have not been able to identify the roof damage, but suspect a problem, have a roof contractor inspect your property.