Top 5 Causes of Roof Damage

There are many repairs around the home that can wait, but if your roof is damaged, there’s no time to lose in getting it repaired. Minor roofing damage can catapult its way to major (translate: expensive) repairs in the future. That’s definitely something you don’t want. Let’s look at the top causes of roofing damage in an effort to help you stave off repairs and unnecessary expense on down the line.

Improper Roofing Installation or Repairs

Sometimes your roof is destined for damage due to your roofing contractor installing it improperly. Sometimes the problem lies in what your roofer failed to do instead of what he did. For example, failing to fasten shingles appropriately, installing the wrong type of flashing, or failing to use underlayment can all be problematic as an improperly installed roof ages. Repairs done without the proper materials or done inappropriately can also lead to repairs down the road.

Poor Maintenance

One of the biggest causes of roof damage is poor roof maintenance. Taking care of your roof is paramount to its long service life. Biannual inspections by a roofing professional is your first line of defense in recognizing problems and fixing them before they become even worse. Sweeping off the roof and maintaining the downspouts and gutters is important.


Living in places like Florida exposes you to tons of sunny days each year—and the extreme heat that sometimes accompanies them. This leads to another source for common roof damage: heat. Relentlessly high heat and UV light can really take their toll on your roofing system, causing decay, warping, and cracking of your roof’s components, including shingles and other surfaces. Reduce damage to your roof caused by heat by installing a radiant barrier along the ceiling of your attic and being sure the attack is properly insulated and ventilated.


Nothing tests a roof quite like Mother Nature. Storm damage is a leading source of damage in the roofing industry. High winds from storms, including hurricanes, tornadoes, thunderstorms, and just straight-line winds, can wreak havoc on your roof. Selecting the best roofing material for local weather conditions is important. Moreover, heavy rain and wind can cause gutters to become clogged, setting up a whole new set of problems. It’s also crucial that you have your roof inspected following major storms so that you can be sure there’s no hidden damage that can cause you problems (and cost you money) later.


And finally, trees can be a big cause for concern for homeowners worried about their roofs. Limbs and branches can fall during storms and cause damage, and entire dead trees can fall on the home, causing roof failure and other types of problems. It’s important to keep any trees near the home well-maintained; trim the branches, allowing 4 to 5 feet of clearance between the branches and the edge of your roof.

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