The 10 Most Common Reasons For Roof Damage

Your roof can be vulnerable to various forms of damage that can compromise its structure and functionality. We’ve seen it all over the years here at Universal Roof & Contracting. Here are the top ten common ways your roof can be damaged.

High Winds 

Tropical storms, hurricanes, and even regular strong winds can lift or tear roofing materials such as shingles and tiles, leading to significant damage that may require extensive repairs.

Heavy Rains 

Intense and frequent rainfalls can test the integrity of any roofing system, potentially leading to leaks if the roof is not properly maintained or if it has weak spots.

Poor Maintenance

Lack of regular maintenance can lead to issues that might worsen over time, such as accumulation of debris, growth of moss or algae, and unchecked wear and tear. Regular inspections and maintenance can help prevent minor issues from becoming major problems.

Sun Exposure

Over time, the ultraviolet rays from the sun can degrade many roofing materials, especially those that are organic or not UV-resistant. This can lead to cracking, fading, and general weakening of the roof.

Tree Damage

Overhanging branches can scrape and damage roofing materials, while falling branches or trees can cause significant damage, especially during storms.

Improper Installation

If a roof is not installed correctly, it may be more susceptible to damage. Poor installation can lead to leaks, reduced lifespan of materials, and other structural problems.

Animals and Pests

Birds, rodents, insects, and other animals can cause unexpected damage. They might burrow into or nest in vulnerable areas of the roof, leading to structural weaknesses or water ingress.

Clogged Gutters

When gutters and downspouts are clogged with debris, water can back up and potentially seep into the roofing system or the home’s structure, leading to water damage and rot.

Ventilation Issues

Inadequate ventilation can lead to heat and moisture buildup in the attic, which can warp the roof decking and degrade the roofing materials prematurely.


Over time, all roofs will degrade naturally due to aging. As materials break down, the roof becomes more vulnerable to damage from all the above factors.

To protect your roof, it’s important to carry out regular inspections, address any issues promptly, and ensure that installation and repairs are done by qualified professionals. We have been a leading Jacksonville and Central Florida roofing contractor since 1993. We’ve also held an A-rated accreditation with the Better Business Bureau since 1993, which means we have a guaranteed history of certified professionalism and care that you can trust. Reach out to us if you’d like to schedule a FREE inspection!