How to Spot Roof Damage


When people think of Florida weather, they usually think of two things: the first is sunshine, and the second is hurricanes. If we’re not soaking up the sun, we’re hunkering down to get through the storm. Sound about right?

We may be known as the Sunshine State, but we’re not strangers to hail, floods, high winds, and other weather hazards. It’s ultimately these types of hazardous weather conditions that affect your roof, leaving you to wonder about roof damage.

According to Weather Atlas, “Florida is the most hurricane-prone state in America due to its latitudes and lengthy coastline and witnesses the highest number of category 4 or higher storms among all the states.” Florida is also most likely to have many thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes happen during summer and fall. If you’ve lived in Florida for any length of time, then you know these things can happen any time. But if you’re like most of us, then you’re particularly prepared during this time of the year — and rightfully so.

How Do I Know If I Have Roof Damage?

At HW Roofing, we’ve found that a majority of the time, roof repair is required for homes in the St. Augustine area because there was an instance of wind damage. So whether it stems from a hurricane, tropical storm, or intense, mid-day thunderstorm, your roof damage was likely caused by wind. Fortunately, many types of roof damage can be easily fixed with a quick repair from a roofer.

Roof Damage Signs

The signs of roof damage are pretty obvious most of the time, and you can often tell just by looking from the ground. So if you’re worried you may have something going on with your roof, look for these signs:

Shingles that are…

  • Loose
  • Missing
  • Cracked
  • Flipped up
  • In your yard (or your neighbor’s!)

Gutter troubles, such as…

  • Clogging
  • Overflowing

Water issues, like…

  • Leaking from any part of your ceiling
  • Dampness felt near your ceiling or walls
  • Moisture spots in your attic, around your windows, or on your ceiling/walls

Shingles are always the most noticeable, but you never know what’s going on with your roof unless you have an expert look at it.

We don’t advise getting up on your roof yourself, but we know that sometimes you have to get up there and see what’s going on if you can’t tell from the ground. If you do decide to get up on your roof and check it out yourself before a professional roofing company comes in, then be sure to consider steepness, materials, and weather. If there’s anything about your roof that makes you second-guess even trying to get up there, don’t do it. You can get a free inspection from a local roofer who can safely and accurately tell you what’s wrong, without you risking your life!

Getting Input from a Roofing Professional

Our weather is unpredictable, and we never know when a big storm is going to hit. Because of this, it’s always best to have your roof inspected before bad weather sets in so you can complete any roof repair or replacement beforehand. This way, you can keep yourself and your family safe.

In the event that you experience roof damage after a storm, we recommend getting in touch with a roofing professional, like our team at HW Roofing. We’ll complete a rooftop inspection and can even use our AI drone to find out what kind of damage you have, how severe the damage is, and what needs to be done next. After we inspect your roof, we’ll document what we found. We’ll even show you what we found and share with you what we think your next steps should be, helping you decide if you need to file an insurance claim, get a roof repair, or invest in a full roof replacement.

Get High-Quality Roof Repair in St. Augustine

We know what a big expense a roof can be, and we’ll always complete a thorough inspection and provide you with an honest recommendation so you can move forward with confidence. If you think you may have storm damage on the roof of your home or business, get in touch with our roofing company!

Our roof repair services are available to those in St. Augustine, Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, Nocatee, and the surrounding communities. Request a free inspection today to get started!