Hail damage to a metal roof

Big storms can bring serious damage to roofs. Damaged and missing shingles, downed branches and chips from hail are all commonly seen in the aftermath. If you’ve recently had a storm hit your neighborhood, you may be wondering how to spot any damage your roof might have sustained. Does a professional need to come take a look, or is it something you can see yourself?  

It can be confusing and frustrating, especially following a devastating storm. You may have damage to your yard, car or home in general, so this feels like just another stressor. We’re here to tell you to take a deep breath and comb through our recommendations for what to look for before deciding on the next step.  

Start With the Obvious

It’s absolutely possible (even probable) that the damage is right in front of you, visible to the naked eye. These signs include: 

  • Fresh water marks on your ceiling
  • Visibly damaged shingles
  • Missing shingles
  • Shingles lying in the yard
  • Paint that has begun peeling or wet walls 
  • Recently broken/chipped/damaged flashing 
  • Leaks and other water issues in and around the home 
  • Trees and branches on the roof 

These things are all usually quite visible from the ground, and will require a professional to come out and determine the true extent of the damage and how to fix it. 

Less Obvious Issues

We know, if you’re here you’re not the expert. We are, and that’s why you’ve turned to us! With that said, we’d advise you not to go on your roof if you do not know what you’re doing. There may be loose shingles and rot waiting up there for you, and this can put you in serious danger. Leave this to the professionals (us!). However, if you know what to look for, you can still identify a few things from the ground. Some signs of issues include:

  • Shingle granule buildup around the home or in the gutters 
  • Dents/cracks/chips on shingles
  • Missing and damaged flashing or sealant around vents, edges, chimneys and skylights 
  • Any water damage in the attic 

Have A Professional Come Do An Inspection 

When it comes to roofs, professionals tend to be your best bet when in doubt. Being up on top of your house can be awfully dangerous and you can easily miss some less obvious things if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for. You want to keep you and your loved ones safe from any danger, and you’ll sleep easier knowing that everything has been taken care of by someone who knows best. Skywall Construction can handle this for you. 

It’s important to note that even if you haven’t recently endured a big storm, regular inspections can help you in being prepared for large weather events by ensuring everything is healthy and safe. Not only that, but annual inspections and repairs will extend the overall life of your roof! 

A professional roof inspector can pinpoint damage and vulnerable areas, as well as recommend what repairs need to be done to prevent further damage. Contact Skywall Construction in Austin today to have your roof looked at right away!

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