Finding out that you need roof repairs is never pleasant. And it’s worse if the need for fixes comes as a surprise that you haven’t budgeted for. However, since it’s such an integral structural part of the home, and it’s crucial to keep it in good shape to have protection from the elements, it’s good to know the signs of roof damage.

What are the most common signs that roof repairs are necessary? Can you fix it yourself?



The best way to prevent roof damage it to schedule routine rooftop maintenance with professional roofers. In the interim, check your roof for the following:

1. Missing, curled, or damaged shingles

If a shingle or two falls off the roof, you could replace them yourself. However, if you’ve noticed a pattern of damaged shingles, it’s probably time to replace your roof.

2. Shingle granules in the gutters

This isn’t always a sign of damage. If your roof was recently installed, it’s normal to see granules initially, especially after the first few rainstorms. That said if your roof is about 20 years old, and/or you’ve noticed flaking on some of the shingles, know that you should start budgeting for soon-to-come roof repairs.

3. Sagging portions

This is a clear indication that your roof has suffered substantial water damage and the wood is rotting.

4. Moss

Depending on your perspective and the location of your home, you may think that green moss on your rooftop actually gives your home a charming, bucolic kind of look. However, moss will rapidly deteriorate the materials of your roof, shortening its lifespan and eventually allowing rainwater to leak in.

5. Mold

If you see signs of mold anywhere around your roof, treat it as an emergency repair. This can cause costly structural damage to the rest of the house and it can affect the health of you and your family.

6. Leaks

Sometimes this issue is obvious and you can see water stains inside your home. If a leak is bad enough, you’ll actually see water coming in. It’s important to do attic inspections regularly to see if any water is leaking in. Go up with a flashlight to inspect the walls. Another option is to have a second person spray the roof with a hose while you’re in the attic inspecting from the inside to see if any water is seeping in.

7. Standing Water

While puddles on your roof can occur after rain, if it hasn’t drained within 48 hours, you have a standing water problem. Before jumping to the conclusion that you need a new roof, first check to see if there’s anything obstructing the drainage. If your home has a flat roof, divert water by installing RoofSlope. If despite these attempts to clear it you still have standing water on your roof, hire professional roofers for maintenance before the water leads to structural damage or leaks in your roof.

8. Fading/Weathering

If the shingles on your roof are discolored and cracked, it’s a sign that they’ve taken a beating from the elements. You can resolve the issue by applying a water-repellent coating. Talk to a roofing professional to determine which type of coating would work best with the materials of your roof.

9. Cracked Vents

This requires you to get up onto the roof to inspect the frames around the vents. If they’re made of plastic, they can crack. If they’re made of metal, the seams can come apart. If your roof has no other damage, you may be able to simply replace the vents.

10. Wildlife

Wildlife has made it their home. If you’ve gotten used to seeing or hearing squirrels or raccoons running across your roof, be aware that they can cause damage to shingles as well as leave insulation exposed.


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