Signs Your Roof Will Sustain Water Damage

The best kind of home maintenance is prevention! That’s why it’s so important to take a look around your home and roof to look for signs that a problem will occur before it does. Let’s talk about some of the common signs that your roof will sustain water damage.

Improper flashing

Check the flashing surrounding your chimney and roof boots. If the flashing doesn’t look structurally sound, it is only a matter of time that you will notice the water seeping in through these areas. It’s critical that flashing wraps around what it’s protecting tightly to seal water out.

Flashing that needs replacement
Proper flashing


Finding roof granules

One way that shingles show wear is by losing their granules. It is common to see them in your gutter or on the front lawn. When you do, you should expect that a roof replacement is in your near future. The loss of these granules exposes the bottom layers of the shingles and makes the roof more susceptible to leaking.

Shingle granules

Missing shingles

This is much worse than the loss of granules because it exposes the bare roof to the elements. It’s important to have these shingles replaced immediately, but it could mean your entire roof is up for replacement as well. While we’re talking about shingles, it’s important to look at the edges of shingles to notice is they are curling up. If they are, it shows that the roof lifespan is up and it’s likely that the roof has taken on water.

Missing shingles

These signs that you may need a new roof are important to note because they likely mean that your roof will sustain water damage soon.


Water stains

When you see water on your ceiling and in your attic, you know for sure that the roof has taken on water. It’s important to get the roof inspected immediately so the problem can be taken care of.

Water stains on ceiling

If you have any questions about these warning signs, or if you notice any of them at your home, please contact us.


As always, we recommend hiring a professional to perform your building maintenance. Every situation is different, this is meant only as a guide to help inform you of general roofing situations and maintenance. This is not a complete and exhaustive list or statement of every possible scenario and problem that could arise. We will not be held liable for any damage or injury sustained directly or indirectly from the information provided in this or any of our other articles/posts.

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