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What are the most common roof problems?

Aug 16

A well-functioning roof is something we take for granted every single day. Our roofs protect us from the weather, keep us safe from pests and provide us with a comfortable place to live. Unfortunately, the roofs of our homes are also vulnerable to damage. You're likely to have encountered one or more roofing issues sometime in your life. 


You can fix some roofing issues yourself, but most roofing problems require professional roofers to prevent long-term damage, unsafe repairs, and dangerous conditions. Here are 14 common roof problems that you need to be aware of before calling a professional.

Roof Leaks

Lacking roofs is one of the most common roofing problems homeowners must deal with. There are many reasons why a leaking roof can occur, but it is frustrating. Roof leaks that aren't addressed promptly can lead to costly damages and structural problems if they go untreated. There are many reasons your roof could be leaky. It is essential to keep an eye on water damage and make sure you have it fixed promptly. 


Water damage and leaks are usually found near the chimney, around flashing, near skylights and gutters, valleys, and close to vents. Cracked flashing, broken tiles and structural damage to slate or tiles are some of the most common causes of roof leaks. Call a professional rapid roofer  if you see any signs of a leaky roof.

Standing Water

Standing water or pooled rain is another roof problem caused by water. This is when your roof begins to sink in some areas, but it's most familiar with flat roofs. Letting the water runoff is essential to avoid any severe problems. Standing water can cause mold, mildew and other problems. The water can seep into your support system, causing structural damages that could threaten your home's stability.

Broken Shingles

The most common problem homeowners have with their roofs is damaged shingles. Although damaged shingles may not seem urgent, they can expose your roof and make it more vulnerable to damage. If damaged shingles are left unattended, you will likely experience deeper problems than just the surface.


Flashing around your roof protects any protruding or unusual areas from water damage and leaks. It is installed around the roof's chimney, skylights, venting pipes, and heating and cooling systems. You will have problems immediately if it isn't adequately secured and attached. If the flashing is damaged, it can lead to leakage of seams and other problems. Call rapid roofers if you see any flashing damage.


All roofing materials can shrink, but roof coverings like synthetic rubber membranes are more common on roofs. Shrinkage is caused by materials pulling and shrinking from all directions. Roof shrinkage is often characterized by cracking and tears in flashings or shingles. With regular inspections and maintenance, you can prevent shrinkage.

Snow and Ice Damage

As we mentioned, poor ventilation can lead to ice dams in the winter. This is when snow accumulates and goes through the freeze/thaw cycle. Water will eventually end up under your shingles, and it will re-freeze when the temperatures drop again. 

Over time, this will push your flashing or shingles, exposing your roof. The more it's exposed, the stronger this cycle becomes. Eventually, it can lead to a large sheath of ice and icicles that reach over a foot long. While you might think this looks pretty, it's dangerous and wreaks havoc on your structural support.