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  • Writer's pictureNeil Burtt

Five Common Roofing Problems

A well-installed roof protects your home and family. But if your roof has sustained damage, it can be harmful to your entire property, including ceilings, walls, and even your foundation. While many roofing issues go unnoticed until it’s serious, you can help prevent costly repairs by understanding the most common residential roofing problems. Here are the top five.

1. Poor Installation

A structurally sound roof starts with a proper installation. If your roof isn’t installed properly, it can increase your chances of experiencing a host of problems including wrinkles, premature aging, or blisters. 

2. Leaks

When water gets under the layers of your roof it can cause mold and rot, especially if that water ponds or sits on your roof due to improper gutter drainage. Cracked flashing and broken shingles are just two causes of a leaking roof. Roof leaks tend to occur:

  • Near the chimney

  • Under damaged shingles

  • At flashing points

  • Around gutters

  • At skylights

  • Close to vents and pipes

3. Critters

Birds, bats, mice and insects can compromise the structural integrity of your roof. Termites that eat at the roof materials or small animals that burrow into your roof to store food and nest, can leave holes in your roof which can lead to further problems.

4. Trees

Trees present a variety of risks to your roof. Trees that are close to the roof lines provide an easy path for critters to invade. Overhanging tree limbs can cause mold growth and scratch the roof surface, wearing down the top layer. Tree branches swaying in a wind gust can knock off tiles or flashing from your roof, or worse, the tree could fall on the roof and inflict serious structural damage. 

5. Buckling or Curling Shingles

Shingles buckle or curl because of age, excessive moisture and heat, and poor installation. These vulnerable shingles can easily crack or break off due to their rigidness. Buckling or curling shingles is a sign your roof needs to be replaced. A licensed, fully-insured installer like Queen City Roofing can assess your roof’s condition and give you an estimate.


Check out our gallery of troubled roofs. If any of these signs look familiar, contact us to schedule a FREE consultation.


How can I Avoid a Roofing Problem?

Routine maintenance is key to avoiding damage to your roof. From removing debris and standing water, to clearing clogged gutters and trimming tree limbs close to your home, a regular maintenance schedule is crucial to the wellbeing and longevity of your rooftop.  And if your roof is getting up there in age, or showing any of the signs noted above, it’s important to get an inspection by a licensed, insured, and certified contractor like Queen City Roofing.

Residential Roofing in Southern New Hampshire 

If your roof needs replacing, New Hampshire’s fully-insured and trusted roofing specialists are ready to help. For over 20 years, Queen City Roofing has provided the highest quality materials, craftsmanship, and best warranties on the market. Contact us today for your FREE estimate.

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