Roofing Problems

8 Warning Signs of Roof Damage

Typical roof damage problems are caused by severe weather and can be used in insurance claims, such as a hail damage roof insurance claim. After a hail storm happens, signs of roof damage may not appear till years later when roof leaking occurs. It is important to have a trained specialist inspect your roof if you suspect damage.

If your roof shows any of the following warning signs of roof damage, you may already have a problem:

Ceiling Spots

  • Caused by leaks in the roof
  • Check attic and crawl space for leaks in the deck
  • Check chimney and vents for cracks in flashing
  • Check rafters for leaks that “travel” away from original source
  • Check eaves for water backing up from ice dams
  • Check roof for damaged shingles
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Damaged Flashing

  • Caused by improper installation (on new roof)
  • Caused by drying and cracking (on old roof)
  • Can sometimes be repaired without replacing roof

Missing Shingles

  • Caused by improper fastening
  • Caused by roof wind damage
  • Can usually be replaced individually

Buckling & Curling

  • Caused by improperly applied felt (buckling)
  • Caused by movement in deck (buckling)
  • Caused by under saturation of asphalt felt (curling)


  • Caused by application over wet deck
  • Caused by moisture in shingle
  • Check chimney and vents for cracks in flashing
  • Caused by inadequate ventilation

Fungus Growth

  • Caused by growth of airborne fungi or algae deposited on roof
  • Appearance problem that does not affect the service life of the roofing material

Missing Granules

  • Normally a certain number of granules will be loose, especially after application
  • On aging shingles, indicates need for replacement


  • Caused by absorption of moisture by mat
  • Common problem with organic-based shingles