Do you think that damage has been caused to your roof from a recent storm? If so, inspecting a roof is more difficult than glancing at it for obvious damage. You'll need to look at these things to ensure that everything is in good condition.

Flashing Material

Your roof will have pieces of metal along edges that are designed to prevent water from finding its way underneath shingle material. What you need to know is that these pieces of flashing can become damaged from storms in a few ways. The material itself may have a crack in it, which will easily allow water to seep through. It can also become dislodged from the surface of the roof, which will require that the flashing is reattached in a way that forms a watertight seal along the edge. If it looks like the flashing material can't do its job by blocking water, it needs to be repaired.

Shingle Material

What to look for on your shingles will depend on the kind of material that is used on your roof.


There are many aspects of asphalt shingles that need to be inspected to verify that they are in good condition. Start by looking at the granules on the top surface of your shingles. Do the shingles look as if you are missing some and are a bit bare, or are they all there? Missing granules means that your shingles lack the UV protection they need from the sun. The edges of asphalt shingles can also become torn or curl upward as well.


Metal roofing material can form leaks if the fasteners become loose, which creates a hole where water can leak through to the roof deck below.. These fasteners need to be secured so that they are tight. Metal can also become corroded over time, which is why you want to look out for spots where the material is rusting


A tile roof can form cracks in the material, which are places where water and moisture can get through the material. Identify individual tiles that are cracked so that they can be replaced as soon as possible. Just make sure to be careful when inspecting a tile roof, since you can easily damage the tiles by stepping on them incorrectly. The last thing you want to do is create more damage in the process of trying to identify and fix the original damage.

For more information or help with the inspection, contact a local residential roofing contractor