Common Roof Damage Culprits

Roofing repairs cost home owners significant amounts of money each year. One way to limit your repair expenses is to identify and initiate repair work before it gets out of hand. Keep on the lookout for common problems and your due diligence allows you to extend the life of your roof and keep money in your pocket.

Overgrown Trees

Tree limbs and other plants, left untrimmed, can consistently rub your roof, wearing away the protective layer of shingles. In storms, dead or overgrown limbs break, causing potentially serious damage to your roof. Be sure to keep trees trimmed and free of dead or overhanging limbs.

Missing or Poor Flashing

Flashings, seals, areas around vent pipes, chimneys, and other areas where the roof has been penetrated. If flashing is inadequate, vulnerable areas of your roof are exposed. Tiles can blow off or leaks can occur. Wind, hail, and other products of the elements can creep under layers of the roof, leading to leaks and mould.

Animal Damage

Small bird and animals, even raccoons, enjoy sneaking through cracks in the roof. These animals can cause roof damage and, more importantly, infest other areas of the house. Be sure to seal all openings to prevent unwanted house guests.

Stagnant Water

Some roofs pond water. This may or may not be an issue, consult a professional for advice.


Ventilation is a critical component of proper roof design and maintenance. Vents placed at base of roof and near the top of roof allow warm air to leave the attic area. This movement of air regulates temperature and moisture in the attic. Proper ventilation reduces your energy bill and helps maintain a healthy roof.

Storm Damage

After any severe storm, be sure to visually inspect your roof for possible punctures and/or penetrations through shingles or other roofing materials. Also, be aware of broken or damaged limbs as noted earlier.