How do I know if my homes roof has been damaged by hail or high winds in Central Ohio?

Those strong Central Ohio storms that bring high winds or hail can cause significant damage to roofs. This damage needs to be identified and repaired as soon as possible to prevent future problems in your home from leaks and mold. Here are some ways to quickly determine if you might have roof damage.

Look for Roof Debris

Fallen shingles or pieces of other roofing material around the yard are a strong indication your Ohio home has sustained roof damage. When you notice no large pieces of roofing around the yard, look at your downspout for small granules from the shingles and other debris as this can also indicate damage.

Check the Attic

Often, roof damage is not obvious but closer inspection can reveal problems. One way to detect damage is to check your attic. Look for discoloration on the attic ceiling or damp spots on insulation or on the floor, which can indicate moisture leaking through the roof.

Inspect the Roof

If the attic appears undisturbed, this does not necessarily indicate that your roof hasn’t been damaged. The next step should be to inspect the roof visually. You will need a sturdy ladder and please remember to take precautions to avoid falls. A safety ladder that locks into place is best. If you do not feel comfortable climbing up to inspect a roof, call on a professional roofing contractor.

Pay attention to flashing around chimneys where leaks are very common. If the seal around the flashing or if shingles appear loose or buckled, you might have a breach that will lead to leaks.

Inspect the shingles. Asphalt shingles, common to Ohio and other regions of the country, often show dark discolorations where hail has lightly hit. Large hail or hail that hit the roof very hard can cause visible gouging or even holes in all types of roofing materials. A less obvious symptom of hail damage in asphalt roofing is soft, spongy areas. All of these signs point to the potential need for roof repair.

High winds cause damage by lifting shingles, tearing guttering away from the roof, and blowing branches and other destructive debris against the roof. Broken or missing shingles and rips or gouges in the roofing are some signs of high-wind damage.

If you suspect your home has incurred roof damage, you should act quickly. The costs might be covered by your insurance, so your insurance agent is one of the first people you should contact. After that, try to get the roof repaired before another storm hits the area.