PART 3: Quick Fixes for the Most Common Roofing Problems

Since you have successfully shown that you truly want to know about how you can take better care of your roof, here’s a bonus guide for you. Look out for these common roofing issues that can be experienced by any homeowner regardless of the type of their roof material.

Knowing about these problems and the solutions for them can help you maximize your investment and prolong the life of your roof.

Minor Roof Leaks

Leaks can be difficult to detect but if you know what to look for, you can address the more obvious, minor ones.

Susceptible roof materials: All

Fix it: Upon noticing signs of roof leak, you can give your roof a basic inspection. Check out for holes and misplaced nails. For minor holes, apply a sealant. For nails that missed the framing member, clip the nail with side-cutting pliers.*

*It is still best to contact a roofing contractor who can provide a more thorough and accurate inspection of your roof.

Blow-off Damage

High winds can blow off shingles or entire sections of your roof.

Susceptible roof materials: All

Fix it: If sections of your roof or some shingles have been blown off, you can install new shingles or panels. Just make sure to follow manufacturer’s installation and safety instructions.*

*It is still best to contact a roofing contractor who can inspect your roof for other damages and install the roof sections, tiles, or shingles, especially if you don’t have adequate skills, experience, and tools.

Damaged or Missing Shingles

Over time, roof shingles can show damage. They can also cup, curl, and become brittle, leading to breakage. Some may also detach from the roof and go missing.

Susceptible roof materials: Asphalt, Wood, Clay, Slate, Composite

Fix it: You can purchase shingles similar to your existing roof and replace the damaged and missing ones yourself. Make sure to follow manufacturer’s installation and safety instructions.

Damaged or Missing Roof Flashing

Damaged roof flashing can also cause damage to your roof.

Susceptible roof materials: All

Fix it: Repair and replace damaged or missing roof flashing. Make sure to seal and caulk properly and adequately. To ensure that it lasts longer, maintain it regularly by re-painting and re-caulking as necessary.

Rot, Rust, and Decay

When the roof does not dry out completely, wood shakes and shingles can rot. Meanwhile, age and elements can lead to asphalt decay. The same factors can also make metal roof succumb to rust.

Susceptible roof materials: Asphalt, Wood, Metal

Fix it: If only a few shingles or tiles are problematic, you can purchase replacement tiles and shingles if you don’t have any extras and install them yourself. Make sure to follow manufacturer’s installation and safety instructions.

An important reminder: these problems can be encountered by any homeowner but not all homeowners may have the skill and right tools to apply the solutions provided. If you are not confident in making the repairs and replacements yourself, call a professional.