In May 2019 Carmel, IN residents were left shocked and amongst ruin as a devastating storm hit the area. Fox59 News reported that damage to homes were caused by fallen trees, power lines and poles, which also resulted in roads being blocked off.

While the storm was swift, the damages felt would take a while to fully repair. Below we take a look at what to look out for to assess the storm damage on your Carmel home after a storm.

In the home

While the bulk of storm damage is likely to manifest on the outside of the home, you will be able to find some evidence of damage inside your home too. You’ll want to look for water stains on your ceiling, interior walls, and cupboards, as well as mold and any water seepage. If you notice any of these, chances are your roof was compromised during the storm.  


Inspecting on the ground first will give you a good indication of what may potentially by awaiting you on top. Start by checking your gutters and downsprouts, sidings, windowsills and window casings. Keep in mind that even minor damage on the ground may be a sign of greater damage to your roof.

On top

Of course you can’t full inspect damage to your roof without actually going up to check the roof out. We must caution you to make sure you do this in a safe way, and certainly only after you’re certain the storm has passed. If safety is a concern, it would be wise to get professional roofers in Carmel in to assess the damage.

If you opt to do it yourself, make sure to check not only the roof itself for dents and irregularities, but also other things like vents, chimneys and sky lights. Here’s what damage may look like on various types of roofs: 

Asphalt and composition shingles – Look for soft, dark rings on the surface and missing granules that could expose the roof’s mat. 

Wood shingles – Looks for brown splits in the shingles as well as dents and or cracks on the surface of the wood. 

Concrete, clay and metal tiles – Look for cracks on the surface, which ought to be more apparent that with other materials. Stone-covered metal may also suffer loose or missing granules.