5 Common Roofing Problems and How to Fix Them

Roofing problems can range from minor issues to severe structural damage. Matt A. from Urban Garage Doors, the go-to for doors in Texas shares with me that the most common roofing problems include missing shingles, damaged flashing, clogged gutters, and inadequate attic ventilation. Here are five common roofing problems and how to fix them:

Missing Shingles 

Missing shingles can be due to high winds or other weather conditions that have caused the shingles to loosen and blow away. To repair this problem, you will need to replace the missing shingles with new ones that match the existing color of your roof.

Damaged Flashing 

Flashing is the material around chimneys, vents, skylights, and other areas with roofline openings. Flashing damage occurs when these areas become worn out.


Blistering occurs when air pockets form under the roof surface, causing bumps and bulges in the material. Inadequate ventilation, water damage, or even loose shingles can cause this. Identifying the cause and repairing any existing roof damage is essential before attempting to seal or patch the issue to fix blisters. Contacting a professional roofer is crucial if you are still looking for a solution.

Sagging Roof

A sagging roof is usually due to weak rafters or inadequate insulation in an attic space, resulting in further structural issues if left unchecked for long periods. The best approach to fixing this problem is to add support in the form of additional joists or braces. Once you’ve done this, you should check for any water damage and replace any damaged roof sections before attempting to seal or patch them.

Leaky Roof

A leaking roof can be due to a broken shingle, inadequate flashing around chimneys and vents, or even poor roofing material installation. To fix a leaky roof, it’s crucial first to locate where the water is entering your home (generally along an edge or vent). Once found, you’ll need to scrutinize the area before sealing off any cracks with caulk or replacing damaged materials.

 Ice Dams

As snow builds up on your roof, it can cause ice dams, which are ridges of ice that run along your roof’s edge and prevent melting snow from draining properly. To fix this problem, you’ll need to install additional insulation in the attic space and proper ventilation to help keep temperatures across the surface of your roof. Also, consider adding a heat cable or membrane on the eaves to help melt any existing ice dams.

Moss Growth

Moss growth on roofs is due to moist, shady conditions and inadequate ventilation and drainage issues. To remove moss from your top safely, you’ll need to use either a chemical solution or a mechanical scrubbing tool designed explicitly for removing moss without damaging shingles. Once you’ve removed the moss, it’s essential to check for any underlying roof damage and repair or replace any damaged sections before attempting to re-seal them.

You can solve all these five common roof problems with little knowledge and the right tools. However, it’s always best to contact a professional roofer if you need help to fix any of these issues to ensure your home’s protection from damage and costly repairs down the road. Feel free to call a professional if you’re feeling overwhelmed!