5 Common Types of Roof Damage

Your roof is continuously exposed to a multitude of stresses resulting in a wide variety of damages. Some are worse than others but each have their own unique impacts on your roof. Below, we will cover 5 common types of roof damage.

Uplifted roofing material

This type of damage is mostly caused by strong winds. The shingles or tiles will be misplaced, allowing wind driven rain to pass under them.  In some cases, small animals or rodents can enter the home through openings created by the uplifted roofing material.

Roof shingle wind damage

Missing Roofing material

Missing shingles or roof coverings are often the simplest to detect and most obvious identifier of damage. Shingles may even be found around your house, alerting you to a problem. This is critical, as missing shingles often indicate that your home is susceptible to water damage the next time rain occurs.

Missing roof shingle

Damaged roofing material

One of the most destructive types of roof damage is hail damage. When a shingle is struck by hail, it compromises that shingle and leaves it vulnerable to leak. Unlike your vehicle, hail damage is more difficult to spot on a roof. Even if you can access the roof, you may have difficulty identifying the damage caused by the hail. Most of the time, a drone roof inspection is needed to identify the extent of the damage. Rather than relying on the inspector’s notes, you can have access to detailed pictures that can be shared between the inspector, homeowner, and insurance company.

Mechanical damage

An easily avoidable (but common) type of damage is mechanical damage. Mechanical damage happens when a roof is installed improperly. A roof can have the best materials on the market, but if it is installed wrong, it will fail. Common types of improper installation are: not enough nails per component, crooked placement of roofing material, improper overlapping of roofing material, and human caused damage of roofing material during installation.

Mechanical roof damage


Blistering (shown in the red boxes below) can be the result of trapped moisture and poor ventilation within the shingles. When heat becomes part of the equation, the trapped moisture begins to expand, forming a blister. This won’t necessarily be a problem if the blister does not pop, however, if it does, the roof becomes more prone to granule loss. As a result, the rate at which the shingles deteriorate will increase. Blisters can often be mixed up with hail damage, so it is important to notice the differences.

Roof blister


It is crucial to be aware of the condition of your roof. If your roof has sustained some damage, preventative measures can be taken to reduce more costly consequences. Reach out to us today to schedule a drone roof inspection. Click here to learn more.

All photos were taken by Panton drone pilots during inspections.

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