5 Common Roofing Problems Found During Inspections

5 Common Roofing Problems Found During Inspections [Pitched & Flat Roofs]


Discover the most common roofing issues and identify your roof problems

If you are experiencing roofing problems it can be a major cause for concern. Issues with your roof can increase the risk of damage to your home as well as the risk of safety concerns for the occupants living inside.

Your roof is your home’s first line of defence against the natural elements and when there are problems with it, it can be a costly fix. However, the worst thing you can do is leave the issue to worsen and stagnate as that can not only cause more damage to belongings within the home but also damage the structure of your home which can result in an even more expensive roofing bill that you won’t be able to ignore.

There are many different ways that your roof can deteriorate and begin to break down and cause problems, from small issues to much larger problems. If you are debating ignoring a small issue with your roof this will ultimately lead to a major problem and we recommend fixing any roofing problems as soon as you notice them to avoid any further structural damage to your property.

Throughout this article, we will provide you with five of the most common roofing problems that we have come across as a professional roofing company on both flat and pitched roofs.

Five most common roofing problems we have come across as a roofing contractor company

Some of the most common roofing problems include the following five major problems we often see as a leading roofing contractor:

  • Roof leaks
  • Damaged roof shingles
  • Pooling water
  • Improperly installed flashing
  • Membrane shrinkage

Roof Leaks

The most common roofing problem is a leaking roof. There are many reasons why a roof can leak from extreme weather conditions such as heavy rainfall, strong winds or snow your roof is put under a lot of stress constantly which results in moisture forming under the layers.

Broken shingles and cracked flashing are also other culprits that allow moisture to get under the surface and leak into your property. These problems typically occur near gutters, chimneys and vents.

Untreated roof leaks can turn into a major problem that can lead to expensive bills with severe damage to both your property and the structure of your building. To avoid this issue, keep an eye out for any form of water or moisture leaking through your roof into the property, particularly in high-risk areas such as around chimneys, gutters and vents as mentioned previously.

If you notice any signs of a leaking roof, get in touch with a qualified roofing professional as soon as possible to help mitigate any further complications and damages to your home and roof.

Damaged roof shingles

Damaged roof shingles are another major roofing problem that is caused by weather elements. Roof shingles are typically worn away or broken by weather over time from sun exposure, heavy rainfall or intense winds. Sometimes roof shingles can just face the test of time and at a certain lifespan give way as they are too weak.

Although damaged shingles may not seem like a major risk, they are your first line of defence in securing your roof. As they begin to break away your roof begins to deteriorate and instead will be further exposed to the elements, leading to a higher risk of further damage which will ultimately occur at one point or another if ignored.

Therefore it is pivotal that if you notice your roof shingles are damaged or are missing, to get in touch with a local roofing company and get your roof repaired quickly.

Pooling water

Water should not be pooling on your roof and is more of a common issue on flat roofs rather than pitched roofs. Despite this, it can happen on either and is a major cause for concern. If water is pooling on your roof it means that your roof is not performing as it should be and is not transporting water away into the drainage and guttering systems.

If left alone for a period of time pooling water can exceed the overall weight capacity of your roof causing it to collapse. This is a serious issue which can cost you thousands to fix thus if you do notice water pooling on your roof, it is recommended that you attempt to get a professional roofing contractor to amend the issue to reduce major risk.

Improperly installed flashing

Roofing flashing is a sealant that protects areas of your roof from weather and moisture damage. They ensure your roof is tight and secure from the weather elements so that nothing can get in or out, protecting the inside and structure of your property.

If your flashing has been installed incorrectly or has been missed out completely by a defective roof installer, it will mean your roof joints are exposed to water damage and water can essentially pour straight into your home damaging property as well as being a major risk for those living inside.

Improperly installed flashing can cause all sorts of negative issues for your property and therefore if you notice leaking into the property or suspect your flashing is damaged or has been installed incorrectly, get in contact with a reputable local roofing company that will be able to assist you and amend your roofing problems.

Membrane shrinkage

Membrane shrinkage typically affects roofs that have been put through extreme weather conditions such as heavy rainfall, intense heat or large amounts of snowfall. The effect of temperatures changing rapidly whether that be heat and then cooling or vice-versa can cause your roof membrane to shrink easily.

We notice that roofing membranes that have been installed ineffectively typically are more susceptible to shrinkage, however, this issue is common across well-fitted pitched and flat roofs too.

By keeping your roof regularly maintained and inspected can help reduce the risk of membrane shrinkage and can allow roofers to identify issues quickly.


Overall, you should now have a clear idea of the most common roofing problems that many homes across the UK suffer from. These are typical problems that occur for both pitched and flat-roof buildings that we typically have to repair.

It is a priority that you attempt to get your roof repaired quickly, because the more time you neglect your damaged roof, the more damage will be caused to your property ultimately resulting in a higher cost when you do decide to repair it.

We recommend that if you are not a professional roofer you do not attempt to repair your own roof under any circumstance. If you attempt to repair your roof for one of the roofing problems mentioned throughout this article with no previous roofing experience you will not only cause more damage to your roof and property but also cause huge safety risk concerns to yourself and the people within your property.

If you require a reliable and affordable roofing company in Melksham and the surrounding areas to repair one of your roofs from one 0f the roofing problems mentioned throughout this article, please get in touch with a member of the team today on 01225 705918.

Furthermore, if you are experiencing issues with your roof in Melksham that have not been mentioned in this article, please contact a member of the team and we will look to diagnose your roofing problem as soon as possible so you can get it repaired and back to functionality in no time. 

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