6 Most Common Roofing Problems

Roofs are prone to problems, some of which can be costly and time-consuming to fix. Prevention is always better than the cure, so when you next survey your roof keep a special eye out for the following issues.

#1 Water damage

Water damage takes many forms. Flat roofs (such as those found above kitchens) are prone to pooling water, which over time causes damage. Chimneys, where the flashing has loosened, can develop leaks, leading to rot, and blocked up gutters have a similar effect. Water damage is easy to spot. Damp patches in the attic and a musty smell are sure signs that something is amiss, at which point you’ll need to hire a roofing professional to assess the situation.

#2 Damaged tiles

One of the most common faults you’ll find on a roof is cracked tiles. This can happen for a host of reasons including weather damage and simple aging, but it’s fairly easy to fix. Some tiles are nailed down so you’ll need a hammer to prize them loose, but the process is otherwise straightforward. Checking for cracked tiles is an essential part of roof maintenance and catching them before they fall prevents further damage.

#3 Moss buildup

Moss grows naturally on a roof and its accumulation isn’t always a problem. Things only become tricky when the moss is out of control and covers a large portion of the roof. Moss holds moisture. This can lead to problems with dampness that get worse over time. Fortunately, moss is one of the easier problems to solve. Simply wait for a spell of warm weather (so that the moss has time to dry out) and then scrape it away.

#4 Degraded flashing

The flashing is the seal that prevents water from leaking through the roof. Flashing is most noticeable around the chimney area, and that’s where any weaknesses are likely to show. The seals crack or move over time, letting water through. Poorly installed flashing is a major problem, too. Always hire accredited professionals and check the flashing yourself to make sure that it’s still robust.

#5 Poor installation

This is, sadly, one of the most common roofing problems. Homeowners are (naturally) inclined to save money where possible, but hiring cheap roofers is a false economy. Poorly installed tiles, loose flashing and even structural issues are all associated with an amateur roof job. Poorly installed roofs are nearly impossible to fix by yourself, and even attempting the job will likely make the situation worse. Instead, look for accredited roofing firms like D&D Roofing and Sheet Metal and ask for advice. Roofers will be able to survey the damage, estimate how much it will cost to fix and complete the job in a timely manner.

#6 Tree damage

Most people associate tree damage with a branch crashing into the roof during a storm, dislodging tiles and doing all manner of damage. In truth, though, tree damage is often more insidious. If you live in an especially wooded area you might find that branches brush against your roof every day. While this isn’t immediately damaging, it can lead to scratches and wear over time. Trimming tree branches so that they don’t overhang will protect your roof in the long term.