Identifying Common Roofing Problems and What to do About Them – Part 1: Identifying Common Roofing Problems

There are a number of roofing problems out there and one of them are leaks. They are mostly a secondary problem, however, as they are more indicators of other roofing issues. By understanding how water is entering your home, you’ll be able to identify other roofing problems present, which will let you take the necessary actions to get your roof back into shape.


Over time, your roof will get worn down from taking a regular beating from the elements. If you have asphalt shingles, for instance, you’ll see cracks, blisters and shingles falling off as time goes by. Exposure to the sun also leads to deterioration that weakens roofing material. As sun exposure also causes cosmetic issues, fading in asphalt shingles may be taken as a sign of possible material weakening as well.

Damaged Flashing

Flashing is placed over gaps in roofing material, usually along vents and the edge of the roof, to seal joints. When flashing is damaged, seals over the gaps are loosened, allowing water in. Caulking can also dry up and shrink or flake, compromising a flashing’s bond with roofing material, which can also be a starting point for a leak although the flashing material itself is still in good condition.

Gutter Damage

When gutters are clogged or damaged, they can cause water to back up and seep into eaves, leading to leaks.

Wind Damage

Strong winds can pull and tug at roofing materials, loosening them until they are blown off when the next gust arrives. When roofing materials are torn off, they essentially leave you with an incomplete roof, which water has an easier time penetrating.

Birds, Small Animals and Insects

Local wildlife can also damage your roof by calling it their home. When they bore through the material, the roofing structure is weakened, which paves the way for cracks through which water can enter. And once water is through, it can exacerbate damage already made by birds, small animals and insects.

Aside from exposure to the elements, faulty installation can also be a cause of roofing problems. Head on over to Part 2 of this blog series to learn how to spot it.

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