If you have just had a tornado go past your house, you know that it can be a pretty terrifying thing to happen. Once it has gone past and all the adrenaline has had a chance to drain out of your system, it's time to regroup and assess the damage. Your roof takes a lot of battering from a tornado, so it may be one of the things that you focus the most time and attention on. If you want to assess the damage to your roof from the tornado, there are several things that you can do.
Check for Shingles on the Ground
The first thing to do is to check for shingles that may be laying on the ground around your house. Gather them all up and make a pile of them. There is a reason that you want to have a pile. That's because you can sort out which shingles are yours and which aren't. A tornado can carry debris a long way. The best way to tell if a shingle doesn't belong to your house is to compare it to the rest of the shingles. If it's an oddball, there's a pretty good chance it didn't come from your roof. If comparing all the shingles doesn't give you a definitive answer as to whether or not it came from your roof, just leave it in the pile for the roofer to look at.
Check Your Roof
Once you have walked your perimeter and gathered up all the shingles on the ground, it's time to check out your roof. If you are going to do that, you are going to need to make sure that you do it safely. Make sure that you have a sturdy ladder that has all its rungs. Not only will that make sure that you can climb all the way to your roof safely, the rungs also help to keep the ladder's sides parallel. Make sure that you wear sneakers or work boots. The soles of those boots will give you plenty of traction when you are on the roof. You should also make sure that you aren't climbing around your roof when it is raining or the wind is blowing strongly, so that you don't have any other influences that could cause you to slip or fall. If you feel that you are safe, then you want to walk around your roof, looking for bare spots or places where the shingles are loose.
For more information, contact HomeTowne Roofing or a similar company.