7 Signs Your Roof May Be Damaged and Needs Repair | Mr. Happy House

Published January 28th, 2021 | By Mike Monyak, Founder of Mr. Happy House

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As a homeowner, it can be hard trying to keep everything around the house nice and secure. Areas such as the kitchen, living room, back porch, front entry, etc. are all areas you should be focusing on, but very rarely do homeowners check to see if areas of their roof are damaged. Here are the 7 signs your roof may be damaged and needs repair.

leak in the ceiling drywall due to roofing problem

1. Your Roof is Leaking

First off, if your ceiling is leaking like in the above picture, then you definitely have roof damage and needs to be repaired as soon as possible, because a severe leak can spread to other areas of your home such as the walls, siding, and framing. You wouldn’t want to get those areas damaged either, but many times, you could be getting a leak without even knowing it.

If your roof is aging or you suspect that it may be leaking, don’t hesitate to call a professional roofing company to take a look at your roof before the next rain storm. The longer you wait, the more likely it is for your roof to start causing more damage and costing you more money.

Be sure to check for any cracks in the walls and ceilings. We also highly recommending going into your attic to check to see if your roof is leaking. This could also save you from paying a roofing company to fix your ceiling from water damage.

If you have already had a roofer check out your roof and still notice leaks coming in, then it could be that your siding, soffits, or fascia are not in good shape. Make sure to get a professional to inspect those areas as well.

2. Areas of Roof are Sagging

Sagging is another sign that your roof is damaged and needs repair. A roof that is sagging is not a good sign at all. Usually, this happens because the decking or the framing is rotted/deteriorating. 

Decking and framing can start to rot when it attracts and excessive amount of moisture over a long period of time. The decking can start to warp due to this excessive amount of moisture or pile of water that isn’t being redirected into the proper areas.

If your roof is sagging, don’t forget to check your attic. You may need to have a professional roofing company to repair the sagging area of roof.

3. Sunlight is Visible

Sunlight coming through is one of the most obvious signs that your roof is damaged, but is often the most overlooked when it hasn’t caused a lot of damage in the past, but do not let that trick you into thinking that you don’t need to repair a small hole in your roof.

Often times, small areas of sunlight that are seeping through the roof can lead to disastrous consequences much as this:

severe roof leak coming in through ceiling
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4. Discoloring and Odd Roof Colors

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When you have a leak in your roof and it’s been dripping water for a while, you can start to notice it as it sinks into the drywall and interior paint of your house. The water can sometimes be contaminated with lead, dirt, and other particles. This dirty water can discolor your walls, ceiling, and even have an effect of the air you breathe.

By leaving a leaked area untreated, this leak can start to turn into black mold and eventually infect the air in your home.

Discolorations in the walls and paint are another major sign that your roof may be damaged and need repair. Another sign is discolorations in the roof itself. If you start to see mold growing on your roof, then the previous roofer who installed your roof didn’t provide the right ventilation (this is more common is hotter climates like in southern Texas, Louisiana, and Florida).

Discolorations in your roof could also mean that your roof is starting age and it may be time for replacement.

5. Moisture in Unexpected Areas

Small leaks are hard to tell right away. They don’t exactly show up right away, small roof leaks don’t instantly penetrate against your walls as they absorb into the insulation in your attic. These type of leaks are some the worst because they are hard to spot. 

Check your house to make sure that moisture isn’t in areas where it shouldn’t be, for example the walls, ceiling, attic, etc.

If an area of your roof has a small leak left untouched, this small leak can start to rot out the decking of your roof and cause mold to build up in unwanted areas.

Peeling and blistering paint is another sign of excess moisture.

Check for wet spots.

badly damaged roof spot and preparing to repair the roof damage that was done by a previous roofer in The Woodlands, Texas

6. Visible Roof Damage

 

Now lets not get too carried away, you don’t want to be climbing your roof as this can be deadly if you’re not a professional roofer. Most roofing companies offer free inspections, so it’s better to hire someone who will check out your roof for you.

When hiring a roofer to check your roof for damage, here are some things to looks for:

wind damaged roof with missing shingles in the front in The Woodlands, Texas

Damaged or Missing Shingles

If any roof shingles are damaged or missing, this can be a recipe for future disaster. Get the area repaired as soon as possible before any more damage arises.

Rot and Decay

Mold and rot are caused by poor roof installations or excessive water buildup. Make sure that your gutters get cleaned when they get clogged up and blow off any leaves that pile up on your roof to prevent mold and rot from growing in your roof.

Damaged Chimney or Flashing

While you just might be able to get away with a small leak in your roof for a little bit (which we don’t recommend), you certainly do not want to want a damaged roof area around your chimney. Damaged flashing or decking around your chimney can cause your chimney to collapse at any moment if not taken care of right away.

One of the most common areas of roof damage are located near the chimney because the flashing is either installed incorrectly, deteriorated, or is catching too much water at one time. Leaves, pine needles, and dirt generally get piled up quite frequently in areas around the chimney.

When checking around your house for roof leaks, make sure to clean off any debris behind and around your chimney.

Debris

If you haven’t replaced your roof recently and you all of a sudden start finding roof shingles or nails in your gutters and lawn, this could mean that your roof is literally falling apart. This is a big no no, have a professional roofer come out, inspect, and repair your roof as soon as you see something like this.

7. Your Roof Is At Least 20 Years Old

Most roofs only last 20 years. With hurricane winds, heavy rainfall, heavy snow, etc., your roof can only take so much if it is not maintained properly. 

If your roof starts to get leaks on a frequent basis, any money that you spend trying to fix an old roof is going to be lost in a short period of time, because another leak pops up in another area of the roof. If this is happening to you and your roof is at least 15 to 20 years old, then I highly recommend just replacing it. 

Repairing damaged areas on an old roof is like trying to fix up an old car. The transmission can go bad, the cost of a new car is more expensive, yet once you fix the transmission, then a month later, the brakes go bad, then this cycle can repeat itself multiple times. The cost of repairing an old car several times is much more than buying a new car. 

This also applies to roofs as well, but remember that your roof is extremely important. It keeps your home’s structure from the elements and keeps it safe from storms. Don’t neglect your roof. If your roof is over 20 years old and it’s starting to cause problems, get it replaced by a professional roofing company as soon as you can.

Get a Roof That's Strong & Durable

Need a professional roofing company to help you with your roofing & siding needs? Mr. Happy House is an excellent choice for homeowners. We specialize in ONLY residential properties, so any problems such that you might have in other areas such as your siding, fascia, and soffits, we also fix those and make them like brand new again!

If you live in Houston, The Woodlands, or Spring, Texas and are looking for a reliable roofing and siding company, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (281) 831-5955.

You can also contact us here and get a quote on any siding, roofing, and exterior painting needs.

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  1. It’s good to know that leaks should be repaired as soon as possible. My husband and I recently found a couple of leaks in our ceiling a couple of days ago, and we were wondering how soon we should hire a professional that can repair them. I really appreciate you helping me learn more about when you should hire a roofing repair service!

  2. I like that this post shared that one of the many benefits of having our roof replaced or repaired is that it prevents further damages. The other day my sister mentioned she needs to have her roof replaced following roof leakages. I will definitely keep this information in mind for future references and pass it along to my sister when I speak with her later.

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"I called Mr Happy House after reading the great reviews, and I was not disappointed! Mike and his crews are extremely professional and conscientious. They performed various outdoor repairs including power washing, repaired my Hardie Siding, repaired squirrel damage on the roof, and painted my entire house. Mike oversaw every aspect of the job and made sure everything was perfect. The price was very reasonable, and I will definitely be calling Mr Happy House for future jobs!"
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The Woodlands, TX
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"Mike has been great at getting our siding and trim repaired on the exterior of our house. He was very thorough and the completed work is fantastic."
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The Woodlands, TX
Read More
"2nd time work with Mike and his wonderful crew. They worked so hard to paint our whole house perfectly. We are so impressed with how fast and how flawless they got the job done. We really appreciate all of them! Yay for Mike and Mr. Happy House!"
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Spring, TX
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"Mike was great to work with. He explained all that needed to be done to install a quality roof that would last. Had other quotes but other contractors were not as informative and did not include everything that was needed. Mike’s crew was courteous, did an excellent job and completed the work in a timely fashion. If you are not familiar with working with insurance adjusters be sure Mike meets with them when you set up a meeting. This was helpful in my case and made the claims process run smoothly. I am very pleased 😀 with his service and recommend him to my neighbors of which two have used him across from my home."
Bradley Faldyn
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Spring, TX
Read More
"Mike and his crew are top notch. Honest and detail oriented. Customer satisfaction and high quality workmanship are outstanding!!! Very satisfied with our new roof!!!"
Mark Rodrigues
Mark Rodrigues
The Woodlands, TX
Read More
"My house needed new siding, soffits, and fascia. After seeing another job Mike had done, I requested an estimate. The pricing was fair to me, so he went to work. Everything was completed with Hardie products. The house was painted to my desires and I can honestly say I am more than happy. He paid great attention to the details and ensured the work was of the highest quality. The next time I need work done, I will be contacting Mr. Happy House."
Bradley Utz
Bradley Utz
Tomball, TX
Read More
"Very impressive! I needed to have my house roof replaced. I am very glad, very grateful, and very satisfied that I chose Mr. Happy House for this job in July 2018. The crew was thorough in planning, removing old shingles, hammering new ones, examining the roof for trouble spots and attending to them on-the-spot, and cleaning up as the work completed. Mike Monyak and his entire team are professional, attentive, fair, competent and courteous; they did exceptionally well what they contracted to do. I trusted my roof upgrade with Mr. Happy House and will confidently use this company as the need arises in the future."
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Conroe, TX
Read More
"I had Mr. Happy House replace my wood siding with Hardy Plank Siding. Mike and his team did an excellent job replacing the siding and with the great paint job. They offered great suggestions and really paid attention to detail. I highly recommend Mr. Happy House! Nice job and thank you Mike and taam! Ken B"
Brittney Duffy
Brittney Duffy
The Woodlands, TX
Read More
"Mike with Mr. Happy House has been our go-to contractor in The Woodlands for 10-15 years. Hiring a contractor can be anxiety-provoking, but Mike is a true professional. It is always a relief knowing the work will be done right the first time. Mike also takes the time to listen and is very thorough in explaining what needs to be done and offering alternative options available. Over the years, we’ve been so happy with Mike’s services that we’ve hired Mr. Happy House for fencing, roof replacement, fascia and soffit replacement, rotted exterior window frame replacement, exterior house painting, pressure washing, and other home maintenance. If you’re looking for a professional, knowledgeable contractor, don’t hesitate to give Mike with Mr. Happy House a call!"
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The Woodlands, TX
Read More
"Mike was awesome. He came out quickly, listened to what we wanted done and came back with a very comprehensive quote for us. He gave us the time we needed without being pushy to decided if this was the right move for us. He was upfront and honest about what needed to be done and the cost. He and his crew worked quickly, efficiently and did a great job. I highly recommend if you need work done to give him a call."
Jeremy C.
Jeremy C.
The Woodlands, TX
Read More
"Very great work, Mike has been very helpful in fixing the damages on the outside of my house and they have done a great job in painting my garage's exterior. Mike was able to answer all of my questions regarding the problems that needed to get fixed. Mr. Happy House has repaired the damages on my house and also made my house look very nice too. I will definitely recommend him my neighbors."
Mike Sorenson
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The Woodlands, TX
Read More
"I called Mike to help fix a leak in my ceiling. He diagnosed the problem and also quoted replacing the remaining aging wood we had on our house, as well as replace the chimney top. His quote was fair so we decided to knock it all out. His team is professional and finished the job quickly. He also fixed my fence gate and power washed my driveway, patio and sidewalk along with the house. I plan to use him in the future for other projects."
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3 Responses

  1. It’s good to know that leaks should be repaired as soon as possible. My husband and I recently found a couple of leaks in our ceiling a couple of days ago, and we were wondering how soon we should hire a professional that can repair them. I really appreciate you helping me learn more about when you should hire a roofing repair service!

  2. I like that this post shared that one of the many benefits of having our roof replaced or repaired is that it prevents further damages. The other day my sister mentioned she needs to have her roof replaced following roof leakages. I will definitely keep this information in mind for future references and pass it along to my sister when I speak with her later.

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