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Common Causes of Roof Damage

Your roof is one of the most important parts of your house. After all, it’s not technically a house without a roof over it. Knowing some of the common causes of roof damage can help you prepare better and save you money in the long run. 

We’ll break down some of the causes and how to help limit the damage, as well as when it’s time to get help or seek out repairs. 

Water and Ice 

Though not as common in the South, freak Winter storms can occasionally bring large amounts of water accompanied by hail or ice. These two things together can destroy a roof quickly. 

Hail can batter your roof and cause damage to shingles as well as the wood underneath. Additionally, large amounts of standing water on a roof that doesn’t drain properly will eventually lead to rot and can cause your roof to sag or cave in. 

To properly maintain your roof, make sure that water is draining off correctly and that any damaged shingles are replaced after a storm. If you’re unsure about the condition of your roof, contact a roofing company to do an inspection. 

Debris Buildup 

Much like ponding water, piles of leaves and other debris on your roof can cause significant damage. This is of particular concern for roofs with multiple eaves and crevices where debris may not wash out or blow off. 

Piles of debris can create moisture pockets on your roof that can lead to mold and rot. Not only that, they can become home to pests that can damage your roof. 

The best way to avoid debris buildup is to regularly clean off your roof, including low spots and corners, as well as cleanout your gutters to ensure that everything is draining properly. 

Aging Shingles 

There are several new products on the market that will last a long time, even in harsh conditions. This doesn’t mean that your shingles don’t age and break down over time. 

While regular roof maintenance is always a good idea, sometimes your roof is simply past its prime. At this point, it’s generally a good idea to prepare for a complete roof replacement. 

Getting a professional inspection can give you a good idea of the overall shape of your roof and tell you whether it’s time for a new roof. If your roof has already outlived the warranty on your shingles, then it’s a good idea to replace them. The roofing experts at Stockbridge Roofing Pros can help you determine if it’s time for a replacement and can even help you find the right products to make sure your roof lasts another 20 or 30 years, or even longer. 

Improper Installation 

This is likely the worst cause of roof damage, as homeowners will generally have no clue about the issue until it’s too late. A properly installed roof should be sealed to protect from leaks and moisture buildup, and the components of the roof, whether it’s shingles, tiles, metal, or other products, should be secured to the roof in such a way that they will not come loose even in high winds or heavy rains. 

If a contractor attempted to cut corners by not properly sealing your roof or failing to nail down shingles, you could be facing catastrophic damage without even knowing it the next time a big storm hits. 

That’s why it’s essential to work with a roofing company you can trust with a proven track record of quality workmanship and professionalism. Always check to make sure that the contractor you choose has a reputation for doing the job the right way, every time. 


There you have it—some of the common causes of roof damage and how to prevent them. While there are dozens of ways that your roof can get damaged, hopefully, this post has shed some light on some of the more predictable causes of roof damage. 

If you live in the Stockbridge area and are looking to have work done on your roof or just want an inspection to make sure everything’s okay, give the experts at Stockbridge Roofing Pros a call today.