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How to Tell if Your Roof is Damaged

Feb 23, 2022

Has an intense storm passed over your home and left you concerned about damage to your roof? While it can be easy to pick up on some things from the outside—a tree branch piercing the roof, for example, is pretty obvious—other signs of roof damage may not be readily visible. It always helps to call in a professional to inspect your roof if you think it may have been damaged, but you can get a head start on finding potential problems if you simply know where to look and what to look for.

Warning Signs of Damage to Your Roof

When you suspect your roof may have been damaged, the first thing you could do is go outside and take a long look at it. If you notice that your shingles or flashing are either damaged or missing entirely from the roof, you’ve definitely got a problem on your hands. You may even be able to tell without climbing up onto a ladder. But if there’s no obvious external damage, you may have to climb up into your attic.

The signs of damage to your roof will vary depending on the type of roofing system you have. Here’s what to look for when checking for damage for the following roofing types.

Asphalt Shingle Roofing Damage

Asphalt shingle roofs are one of the most common types of roofing systems for residential properties in East Central Indiana and across the nation. These roofing systems can last anywhere from 15 years for the most basic asphalt shingle roof to 50 years for the most advanced architectural roofing shingle systems. Signs of damage to your asphalt shingle roofing system include:

  • Bare spots or missing shingles
  • Cracked, torn, or curling shingles
  • Shingles that are brittle
  • Granules in your gutter system
  • Black streaking on the roof

Metal Roofing Damage

A metal roof is a lasting choice that has a lifespan of up to 50 years. However, this type of roofing is not immune to damage either, with key indicators of deterioration including:

  • Loose seams or panels
  • Rust and corrosion
  • Damaged or peeling paint
  • Holes or cracks in the metal panels

Flat Roofing Damage

Flat and low-sloped roofing systems are entirely different from standard sloped roofing systems. Flat roofing systems typically last anywhere between 10 and 25 years, depending on the type of flat roofing application you have. Additionally, you’re less likely to see your flat roof on a regular basis. Therefore, it’s important to periodically take a look at your flat roof to ensure it’s looking and performing at its best. Signs of damage to your flat roofing system include:

  • Rips or tears in the flat roof membrane
  • Cracks in a TPO roof coating
  • Pooling water on the roof following a rainstorm
  • Loose flashings

Checking for Roof Damage Inside

In addition to considering the age and lifespan of your roof and visually checking your roofing system from the outside, it’s also important to check for roofing damage from inside your home. Even if the exterior roofing system looks fine, the underlayment may have other issues that can be found in the attic. The attic, after all, is the first place where signs of internal damage would be present. You’ll want to get up there and look for signs of moisture, mold, or wood rot. This is, of course, if you didn’t already notice any leaks or water stains upon looking up at your ceiling.

What Do I Do If My Roof is Damaged?

If you see these or other signs of damage, don’t hesitate to call a roofing contractor to come out for an inspection. The sooner you act, the less likely you are to have to deal with serious long-term effects of water damage. When you turn to a local roofing company, you can receive the professional assessment you need to determine if a roof replacement is the right choice for you. Your roofing company can also discuss other options or solutions that may better suit your needs, such as smaller roof repair services or a professional roof cleaning that can enhance the beauty, performance and lifespan of the roofing system on your home.

The Local Roofers You Can Trust in East Central Indiana

In East Central Indiana, homeowners can count on Rodeffer Roofing to promptly and professionally repair storm and hail damages. Our 24/7 emergency service is here for you whenever you need it, and we’re committed to restoring your home’s biggest area of protection as quickly as possible.

Contact Rodeffer Roofing right away if you’re worried about storm damage at your home. We’d be happy to provide you with the prompt and professional roofing services that meet your needs in East Central Indiana.

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