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Five warning signs your roof may need repair

Posted by nwroofing on May 30th, 2017


Well, that doesn’t seem right….

Much like your car – where new squeaks, rattles, and other symptoms may prompt a visit to your mechanic – your roof often gives you subtle (and sometimes no-so-subtle) signs that repairs are needed.

Hopefully, you’ve been performing regular spring and fall roof maintenance, but either way, you should keep an eye on open all year round to ensure minor issues don’t grow into costly headaches.

Here are the some of the most common signs that it’s time to call your roofing professional:


Moisture where it shouldn’t be

  • Signs of water damage (stains, peeling/bubbling paint, etc.) on walls and ceilings
  • Water stains on pipes that vent through the roof
  • Damp areas around a fireplace


Structural issues

  • Sagging areas on underside of roof
  • Deteriorating, loose or missing shingles
  • Damaged seals, cracks or signs of debris in and around chimneys and vents
  • Rust spots/stains on flashing


Reduced gutter/downspout performance

  • Gutters overflowing during rainfall
  • Reduced water flow from downspouts
  • Loose/broken gutters or downspouts
  • Shingle debris in gutters



  • Signs of damage caused by wildlife (rodents, birds, insects, etc.)
  • Sounds of animals moving about in roof/walls
  • Foul odours of indeterminate origin


Other incidents

  • Large branches/whole trees falling onto roof
  • Severe storms, with high winds, heavy rains, or large hail
  • Excessive snow buildup



Despite your best efforts, there are times where problems can pop up seemingly out of the blue. If you’re collecting rainwater in buckets in the middle of your living room, call a professional roofer immediately. The longer you wait, the more damage will occur – and the more it will cost to repair!

As Benjamin Franklin once said: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

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