As you examine the roof from the ground, check the exterior of the home also. Be suspicious of any part you cannot see. Look for cracks in the masonry and cracked, warped, or rotted wood siding. Is there aging or failing paint? Is the hardboard siding bulging or delaminating? Look closely around the decks, stoops, and at doors for splash or rot damage. Have the stoops or steps shifted or settled? Are there missing, loose or damaged rails?