5 Common Residential Roof Problems You Should Look Out For

5 Common Residential Roof Problems You Should Look Out For 

As a homeowner, whether as an investment or personal property, watching for common roof problems can keep your costs down over a long term period of time. Here are the 5 most common roofing problems to look out for that we have seen our customers struggle with. The decision to replace or repair a roof outside of your budget is solely based on the homeowner successfully managing these issues when they occur. We will attach a checklist below to help you 

Improper Maintenance

Without proper consistent maintenance of your roof, minor issues such as cleaning gutters which will extend the life of your roof and is intended to save you, money, in the long run, can do the opposite.

Standing Water

If you see that you have standing water on your roof that is a sign of debris build up and/or improper drainage. To ensure that water doesn’t have the chance


Tree limbs hanging too low over a roof can mean that they are rubbing the roof and damaging the surface of shingles. This will affect the protective layer on your shingles over time. Your trees and branches should be trimmed back at least once every quarter to less your chances of branches falling and other damage occurring.


Ridging, splitting and surface erosion of shingles on your roof can eventually lead to bigger issues that will leave a need for you to have a total roof replacement.

Misdiagnosed Storm Damage

Wind and hail damage can cause penetrations to your roofing material which is why it is important to inspect your roof on a regular basis. The sealant and flashing around penetrations (vents, plumbing pipes) need to also be inspected regularly to ensure they are still properly attached to your roof and in place.

Improperly Installed Flashing

Flashing is used to seal various areas of your roof when it has been penetrated for the installation of skylights, vent pipes, chimneys and your HVAC. When flashing is installed improperly  it can cause the following:

  • Laps
  • Open seams
  • Reduced puncture resistance

These are just a few signs that you need to look out for when it comes to managing the condition of your roof. Visit West Side Roofing Co for more information on this subject.

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