If a violent storm has recently passed through your area, you may worry that the high winds and hail have done some damage to the exterior of your house. While you know you need to check for damage, you may be unable or unwilling to get on a ladder. If so, use the following guide to check your home's exterior for storm damage without having to step foot on a ladder.

Step 1: Survey the Ground Around Your House

The first step in checking your home for storm damage involves walking around the perimeter of your house and surveying the ground. Especially if the storm included excessively high winds, something from your house may have blown off, providing you with clues of where to focus your attention.

For example, if hail struck your roof and loosened or broke any of the shingles, you may see either pieces or even entire shingles lying on the ground. You would then know to look more carefully at the roof.

Or, as far as your siding goes, you may find that whole panels have blown off onto the ground. If this is the case, you probably don't need to investigate the condition of your siding too much, since this is an obvious sign of damage.

Step 2: Check the Condition of Your Siding

Unless you do find whole pieces of siding lying on the ground, you should look periodically at your siding while you are surveying the ground for storm damage clues. If hail was involved in the storms, you should look for any obvious dents or even holes where the impact broke through the vinyl.

You can also check the underlying structure of the siding by standing at the corner of your house and looking down both sides. If you see obvious warping or buckling, water may have seeped underneath the siding and has swelled the wood beneath it.

Step 3: Step Back to Look at the Roof

Once you have looked at your siding, the next thing you need to examine is your roof. To make this step easier, grab a pair of binoculars and step back away from your house far enough that you can see one whole side of the roof.

While looking at the roof, look for any debris that has fallen first. If you see any, use your binoculars to see if there are any bare spots or holes under and around the debris. If so, you should have a professional look at it before the next storm hits, as either of these signs is indicative of severe damage to your roof.

After checking for debris, slowly look at the roof to see if you spot any water puddles where the roof may be warped or slightly caved in. Take note of these places so you can point them out to the contractor.

Also, magnify your binoculars so you can view the condition of the shingles. If you see any that have curled edges or appear to be cracked or broken in pieces, they will need further examination.

Another place you can check for damage to your roof is directly below your drain spouts. If you see black granules below the bottom openings, there is a good chance that your shingles have lost the mineral granules that help protect them. Loss of these granules is another thing to add to your list that you will want a professional to check out.

After going through the above guide, you may have found a few areas on your home's exterior that require further investigation and possible repairs. If so, contact a roofing company, such as Select Exteriors, to have them inspect your home and discuss your options for fixing any issues they may find.