Roofing Damage Types

What is a home without a roof? It keeps your family safe by offering protection from the elements and providing comfort every day. A well-maintained structure can give you years of security. But even with the best of care harsh weather and age can prove to have detrimental effects. Even minor damage left untreated can become exacerbated over time and turn into costly repair efforts. Here are some of the most common types of damage seen in roofing.

Example of moisture damage caused by a leaky roof.

Leaking/Moisture Damage

Water damage is one of the most prevalent forms of erosion to your roofing. By the time you may notice cracks in the ceiling or droplets on the floor, the moisture has already made its way past the shingles, the underlayment, and decking. Keep an eye out for water spots on your ceiling or walls, and check the decking on a regular basis to see if it is spongy or soggy. Once moisture gets into your house it can cause mold and mildew which carries unpleasant implications for your family’s health.

Example of loose and damage roof shingles.

Loose/Broken Shingles

Loose, broken, cracked, or punctured shingles are not uncommon, but what may seem like a trivial problem can later become a big issue in the lifespan of your roofing. Poor shingle quality causes exposure to the elements, leading to many of the more troubling (and more expensive) problems on this list. It’s a good idea to check your roofing after harsh weather such as heavy winds, thunderstorms, hail, or icy conditions.

Example of worn down shingles on a roof.

Worn Down Materials

Nothing lasts forever. While a well-installed roof will have a good life, even the best work eventually wears down and needs repairs. Look for signs of deterioration such as rust, buckling/curling shingles, discoloration around your vents, or moss growing under or around the shingles. These are all signs that a professional inspection is necessary to fully assess the problem and avoid further roofing damage.

Ponding Roof Damage


Ponding, as it is known in the industry, is a common issue with industrial or commercial buildings that have flat roofs and can cause major damage to your business. It is not unusual for there to be some standing water for a day or so after a downpour or after the snow melts. However, if the water remains after 48 hrs it can result in considerable damage to your decking as well as wearing down your roof or causing leaks and water damage.

If you suspect damage to your roof schedule an inspection from a professional. The quicker you take action the sooner you can minimize damage and cost to your home.

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