Roofing 101

Common Roof Problems

Sometimes common roof problems are obvious like when a gutter gets crushed by a ladder or shingles are blown off the roof during a storm. Other times, an expert eye is required to identify an issue that deserves attention. No matter what problem you may have with your roof when you work with an experienced, full-service roofing contractor like Roofing101 your roofing problems can be detected and corrected promptly.

Common Roofing Problems & FAQ’s

Discover some of the most common roofing problems homeowners run into, paired with our expert opinions of the best ways to make repairs.

Example: What is Blow-off Damage on a Roof?

Explanation: High winds damage roofing materials by blowing the finished roofing entirely off. Blow-off damage typically occurs in a section of the roof or on an entire side that was exposed to the highest winds. Roofing felt and roof sheathing can also be blown away by severe winds.

How to Repair:  If sections of the roof have been blown off by high winds, Roofing101 will install new roofing and ensure that your home is properly protected against future storms.


What is Major Structural Roofing Damage?

Storms and high winds damage roofing indirectly by causing tree limbs and entire trees to fall on the roof. Structural damage from these impacts can range from small punctures in the roof sheathing to the complete collapse of the roof.

How to Repair Depending on the damage, Roofing101 will decide if the damage is worth fixing or if a roof replacement will provide better results.


How Do I Know if I Have Damaged Shingles?

Missing, broken and torn shingles can be caused by wind, impact, or foot traffic. “Bald” shingles will age prematurely if they’re exposed to direct sunlight. Old shingles often cup, curl, and become brittle; these are all signs of roofing that should be replaced.

How to Repair Sometimes shingles can be repaired, but most often the roofing will need to be replaced. Our expert roofers will inspect your roof and choose the best course of action depending on the extent of the damage.

How Do I Know If I Have a Roof Leak?

Unless a large tree branch has punched a hole in your roof, roof leaks can be difficult to detect. Water can leak past the roofing through a hole made by a popped nail, through damaged flashing, or because of water backed up behind an ice dam. The point where the leak found its way to your living space may or may not be close to the leak location.

How to Repair If you find water leaking into your house from above, contact an experienced roofing professional. Roofing101 will inspect the chimney and vents for cracks in the flashing, check the eaves for damage from ice dams, look for damaged shingles, and check the attic for leaks in the deck.


Is My Roof Flashing Damaged?

The main purpose of flashing is to keep water away from building materials that can be damaged by moisture. Flashing can be replaced or reused during re-roofing and roof repair, but it can also be omitted or incorrectly installed.

How to Repair:  A roofing inspection should always include the inspection of roof flashing to identify damaged or missing flashing problems that require correction.


How Do I Know If I Have Damaged Gutters or Downspouts?

Gutter and downspout damage can range from small dents and scrapes to sections that become crushed or bent. It’s also possible for gutters to pull loose if fascia boards or rafter ends have been weakened by wood rot.

How to Repair A professional can inspect your gutters and downspouts and clean out any debris that has caused them to clog or replace the gutters if they are damaged.


How to Repair Damaged Skylights?

The impact of hail and windblown objects will sometimes crack the glass in roof-mounted skylights.

How to Repair:  In some cases, the damaged glass panel can be replaced, but most often a new skylight unit must be installed.


How to Fix Roof Ventilation Issues?

This is the top-3 most common roof problems. Sometimes roof vents (like a gable-end vent, for example) allow insects and animals into the attic because they aren’t properly screened. In other cases, there may not be sufficient ventilation, necessitating the installation of additional vents. Ventilation problems can also result when vent openings are blocked.

How to Repair A skilled, full-service roofing contractor will be able to diagnose and fix these problems and either repair a damaged roof vent or install new vents if necessary.


Is The Wood Rotted Under My Roof?

When wood gets wet and can’t dry out completely, wood rot is likely to occur. Even a small leak can result in rotted roof sheathing and rafters, which will seriously weaken the roof structure. Other areas vulnerable to wood rot include the fascia board and soffit.

How to Repair These problems are often discovered during a re-roof and can be corrected by patching in new material.


Do I Have Too Many Layers of Roofing?

When a new asphalt shingle roof is installed on an existing house, the old asphalt shingle roof can be removed or left in place. Most building codes say that you can’t install more than two layers of asphalt roofing, but this rule is sometimes ignored. There are two main problems with three layers of roofing. One, the uppermost roofing shingles are likely to be uneven and inadequately anchored to the roof sheathing. Secondly, the combined weight of the roofing material can exceed the strength of the roof framing. Watch our Youtube video on shingle layers.

How to Repair:  The solution is to remove all three layers of roofing and start fresh, directly on the roof sheathing.

Roofing101 Roof Repair Process

Common Roofing Problems: Many of the problems described above apply to all kinds of roofing materials, not just wood and asphalt shingles.

After inspecting your roof, our certified professionals will know exactly what needs to be done to repair it. Some damage will only need minor repairs, while other roofing damage will require a complete roof replacement. We will help you choose the right solution to ensure that you get the most out of your investment.

At Roofing101, we are dedicated to providing quality services and products at affordable prices – even emergency services when you need them.

We provide reliable roofing repair services for any of the common roofing problems that might be affecting the integrity of your roof. Whether you have a leaky roof, damaged shingles, or major structural damage, contact the experts at Roofing101 to schedule a free estimate on all our roofing services!