How To Spot Residential Roofing Problems

Spotting residential roofing problems early can potentially save you thousands of dollars in repair costs. Every homeowner should watch for these four signs that something may be wrong with their place's roof.


All leaks are bad. The first signs of a leak may be stains on the walls of the ceilings of the second-story rooms. If an especially bad leak is present, you could see water dripping during heavy storms.

Leakage can also work through the walls of a home to the foundation. You may see staining on the walls of the basement. Worse, you could see cracks or even crumbling concrete.

On the upside, a residential roofing contractor can usually make short work of a leak. The fix could be as simple as applying a rubber patch, replacing some shingles, or filling in a hole with roofing cement. More severe cases could call for removing the affected sections or replacing the whole roof.


The wood that supports a roof won't last forever. As a roof ages, it can sag. Sagging is especially common in high-humidity environments because the moisture can encourage the wood to warp. Likewise, roof leaks can encourage the wood to sag.

If you're lucky, the sagging only exists in the plywood. A residential roofing services company can strip the roof down to the wood, replace the plywood, and then attach new wood, felt, and shingles. However, severe cases may call for structure work. Extreme cases may lead to demolition so try to identify problems as soon as possible.

Deteriorating Shingles

Roofing materials will degrade with time. If you see the shingles are starting to look shaggy, there's a good chance they've sustained decades of damage from the wind, precipitation, and debris. Once you see that the shingles are worn or torn up, it's time for a residential roofing project.

If the shingles are in good enough shape and not layered on too heavily, you might be able to install a new layer. However, a residential roofing contractor may have to strip the roof and start with fresh shingles in some cases.

Lack of Ventilation

Airflow helps a roof cool a house. The heat goes up, and it carries moisture away from the structure. Insufficient ventilation, however, can turn the attic into a hot box. If the attic seems especially moist even on dry days, there may not be enough ventilation. Contractors can modify the roof to help it breathe better.

For more information, contact a company like KRG Roofing.