Before inspecting your roof for damage, make sure the storm has passed and it is safe to be outside. If you see downed power lines, electrical hazards or flooding, keep away from the area and call 911. Even if the area appears clear, continue to be aware of potential hazards— especially on or near your roof. This is often the most dangerous place for post-storm damage as it can cause structural issues and is out of your line of vision. Check for fallen trees or heavy debris, loose and broken shingles.
High wind speeds have the potential to knock over trees, shatter windows and damage roofs. If shingles are blown away, the roof deck or underlayment is left exposed to the elements. This leaves your home even more vulnerable to water damage. After a heavy storm, check on the exterior of your home for the following damage on your roof: