How To Identify The Most Common Residential Roofing Problems


One of the nice things about residential roofs is they typically start to show subtle signs when problems first develop. If you learn to identify these problems when they first crop up, then you or a roofing contractor can easily fix them without it costing you too much money. However, if you don't take the time to learn to identify the subtle first signs of roofing problems, then you might wait too long to call for help or make a repair and end up with a much larger bill.

The early signs of residential roofing problems can be classified into indoor and outdoor issues. In order to assist you in identifying a roofing problem, here's a bit of information about both outdoor and indoor signs suggesting there is an issue.

Indoor Signs of Roofing Problems

Other than the obvious sign of water dripping in your home, the other indoor signs of a roofing problem include:

  • cracked paint
  • peeling wallpaper
  • discolored drywall

When water leaks from the roof to the inside of your home, it will get into the drywall and discolor it. If you have exposed drywall in your basement or garage and notice water stains on it, then this can be a sign the roof above is leaking.

In addition to drywall discoloration, cracked paint and peeling wallpaper are other signs water has gotten into the drywall. While this can be caused by a leaking window or door, cracked paint or peeling wallpaper that isn't around a door or window is likely caused by a leaking roof.

Outdoor Signs of Roofing Problems

Often, you will see the first signs of a roofing problem when standing outdoors and looking up at your home's roof. 

If your home has an asphalt shingle roof, then you may find shingles in your yard after a heavy wind or you might see flashing pieces blowing around. 

The most common problems seen outdoors are:

  • shingle damage
  • loose flashing
  • granules shedding from the roof

If your home has asphalt shingles, then as they age they often start shedding granules from their surface. If you see a lot of granules in your home's rain gutters or under their downspouts, then this is a sure sign of an aging roof that will need replacement sooner rather than later.

Finally, if you see any visible shingle damage or flashing that's either loose or damaged, these are also tell-tale signs of a roof that is in need of attention. 


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