What are Some of the Most Common Roofing Problems?

What are some of the most common roofing problems?

Different roofs suffer from different problems. That’s due to the materials used, the layout of the roof, and the way this affects it when heavy rains, winds, and debris hit it.

Depending on what kind of roof you have, you’ll encounter a wide range of problems. We repair every roof type, so let’s look at the different types of roofs, their most common issues, and what steps we take to repair them.

Flat roofing problems:


Ponding occurs when a flat roof begins to take on standing water. This is typically due to poor drainage or a roof that wasn’t constructed to be level and graded to begin with. The weight of the water can add up, damaging materials and protective coatings. Eventually, you will face leaks if you don’t deal with the problem. If you have ponding that doesn’t resolve on its own after 48-hours, you may need repairs.

How is ponding repaired?

Depending on how severe the damage is you may have to have your roof completely rebuilt. When major damage isn’t a concern, crickets may be installed to redirect water away from the pitched area. Re-pitching a flat-roof can be a major project but it cuts down on material costs.

Low-slope roofing problems:

Wind Damage

This is the leading cause of damage to low-slope roofing next to issues created by poor installation and lack of maintenance. Winds in the Northwest can be severe, and even properly secured single-ply systems can be damaged if the membrane becomes loose or adhesives weren’t cured correctly.

How is wind damage repaired?

Repairs depend entirely on the type of damage, but one rule holds true across the board—the sooner you catch and repair issues, the longer your roof will last. Damage tends to multiply. A missing shingle leaves a shingle sized gap. That causes a few more to blow off. The damaged surface area has now tripled, leaving a greater multiplier of additional exposed shingles. Repairing wind damage immediately prevents it from multiplying, and reduces the chance of greater damage.

Steep-slope roofing problems:

Clogged gutters

You may not consider clogged gutters as a major problem, but they are. Gutters direct water away from your foundation, and anything that compromises that direction is bad for your home. Clogged gutters can easily lead to rainwater pouring down the side of your home, flooding onto the lower portion of your roof, or draining directly downwards where it can soak into your foundation.

How do we deal with clogged gutters?

The best way is with preventative measures. At the same time we install your steep roof, we can install gutter guards that help prevent large debris from clogging your gutters and downspouts. These can even be attached afterward, though certain types may require complete gutter replacements.

Now that you know the most common situations that cause damage for each roof type, how do you know when it’s time to simply replace your roof?

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