Common Roof Problems You Should Know How to Fix

Whether the culprit has been a violent thunderstorm from last night or installation problems, your roof is likely to accumulate damage for various reasons. It is essential to be on the lookout for any potential signs that your roof is damaged. Here are a few common issues that you can fix on your own:

1. Roof Leaks

If you see water stains on the ceiling or notice it dripping, especially after a rainy day, your roof has likely developed a leak. Leaky roofs are the perfect incubation spot for mold to grow and damage your space. Once you trace the source of the leak, you can fix it by following these steps:

1. If the roof vent seams are broken or cracked, consider replacing them
2. If the cause of the roof leak is a damaged shingle, replace it with a new one
3. If the roof flashing is damaged, you can fix it by applying roof cement to the damaged portion

2. Standing Water

Accumulation of water on your roof after a downpour is typical, and the water will drain off in around 36 hours. However, if you observe it after 48 hours after the rain, there’s probably a roof problem behind it. Standing water could spell danger for the structural integrity of the roof. There are many reasons why water puddles may form on your roof, most of which are due to poor design. Roofs with uneven slants or multiple layers are susceptible to water accumulation, as are old roofs. However, clogging in roof drains or gutters could be causing the problem as well. Cleaning roof drains is simple: first, you remove large debris with your gloved hands, then you use a scoop to remove smaller pieces, and lastly, you flush your drain using a hose.

3. Cracks in the Roof

Cracked roofs can be dangerous to the structural integrity of your house. For one, they can lead to leaks and mold growth. To fix these issues, all you need is roofing mastic and reinforcement webbing. Reach the crack using a ladder and apply roofing mastic using a trowel. Cover the mastic with the reinforcement webbing, smooth the webbing using your hands, and apply a new coat of mastic to cover the webbing. The result will be a seal that is as strong as the original roofing material.

4. Blown Off Shingles

Roof shingles can blow off due to several reasons. However, if you keep observing the problem, perhaps your roof wasn’t installed properly in the first place. Adhesives get more susceptible to deteriorating with age as well. While you might need to hire a roofing contractor if the damage is recurrent and severe, you can also replace blown off shingles on your own.


Identifying and fixing minor roof problems before they evolve into bigger ones can save you time, stress, and money. However, even with the best care, time can leave its marks on buildings. You might find yourself needing to replace your roof. When that moment arises, deliberate your options carefully before choosing a roof. While you will eventually need to replace your roof, you could delay that moment by learning how to spot and fix common roof problems.

- by Matt Watts