Common Roofing Issues: What Professional Home Inspectors Discover - Method Home Inspection

Common Roofing Issues: What Professional Home Inspectors Discover

September 15, 2023

When evaluating a property’s roof, professional home inspectors have a keen eye for spotting hidden issues that might elude the untrained observer. Let’s delve into some of the most common roofing problems that inspectors can uncover.

Water Pooling


With flat and low pitched roofs, issues like degradation and water pooling are often hidden beneath the roof’s surface and are only detected with a roof inspection. 

Improper Flashing Installation

While it may go unnoticed from the ground, professional inspectors will spot improper flashing installation immediately. Improper or damaged flashing is one of the most common causes of roof leaks. Correcting such issues is essential to prevent future leaks and damage.

Shingle Shrinkage

As shingles age, they tend to shrink due to the effects of temperature changes. During the warm season, they expand, while in the cold season, they contract. This shrinkage can cause shingles to eventually split.

Granular Loss

Home inspectors often identify a phenomenon known as “granular loss.” This occurs when the textured surface of asphalt shingles begins to shed and crumble away. However, the good news is that granular loss only sometimes necessitates a complete roof replacement. And in some cases, your roof warranty may cover replacement.

Storm Damage

The weather can cause serious damage to roofs, especially when it comes to hail and strong winds. Hailstones can strike the surface of the roof and cause dents or cracks in shingles and other components. In addition, strong winds can lift or displace shingles, creating gaps that expose the roof’s underlying structure. This type of damage can weaken the protective layer of the roof, making it susceptible to leaks and other forms of wear and tear.

Frequent Repairs

Looking for signs of frequent repairs to the roof can be a warning sign of potential additional problems.

Hire a Professional

Having a professional home inspection company conduct a thorough evaluation of your roof can help identify hidden problems that might not be visible to the untrained eye. By addressing these issues early on, you can prevent further damage, extend the life of your roof, and ultimately protect your investment. With the help of experts, you can have peace of mind knowing that your home is in good hands and well-protected from the elements.