Roofers: They're Number One

How To Use Your Senses To Recognize Roof Issues

There are many ways of determining if there is an issue with your roof that needs to be repaired. This article will focus on the things you may see, hear, or smell, that can indicate a need for the roofer to inspect the roof.  

Things You May See

One of the most common ways to determine if there are roof problems is by watching for visual issues. Some signs you may see when there are roof problems include: 

Water Stains

Watch for water stains, especially on the ceiling or the walls directly under it. The water stains can look like discoloration, and they can be accompanied by bubbling and peeling paint. 

Missing Shingles

If there are shingles missing from the parts of the roof that are visible from the ground, you'll be able to see the areas where they're missing. Shingles can come off in the wind, during a hailstorm, or after a severe rainstorm. You may also find shingles in your yard, letting you know that some are missing from the roof. 

Sagging Roof

If there are areas of the roof that appear to be sagging or look like they're uneven, then this can indicate serious roofing problems. You should have the roofer come out right away to avoid major damage to the roof and other parts of the house. 

Things You May Hear

Your ears can help you determine certain types of damage to the roof. You should always pay attention to the noises you hear in your home. This way, you can be proactive in dealing with repair issues. Some noises you can hear that indicate roofing issues can include: 

Scratching Sounds

If you start hearing scratching sounds that seem to be coming from the attic or roof area, then there may be a pest causing damage. A pest, such as a raccoon, can tear apart parts of the roof or the flashing to gain entry to the attic. This should be handled quickly before they do more damage. 

Tapping Sounds

Sometimes, the roof can have a leak you're unaware of because you haven't seen the signs. If there is a leak, you may hear it. Tapping sounds can indicate a leak, and what you're hearing is the dripping water hitting a surface. 

Things You May Smell

There can be some odors associated with roof problems that you can smell. Some things you may smell when there's a problem include: 

Musty Odors

If you start smelling something musty in your home, then this lets you know there's likely mold growth somewhere. There could be moisture in the attic due to roofing issues and the moisture has led to mold. 


If you see, hear, or smell any of the issues detailed in this article, you should have the roofer inspect the roof and make any necessary repairs. Contact a local roofing company, such as Gerardo's Construction LLC, to learn more.  

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Roofers: They're Number One

Who is number one on your list? We have to say that roofers are number one on our list. Would you expect anything else from people who write a blog about roofers? Probably not, but allow us to explain a bit more. While we have appreciation for a lot of different professions, we have really come to appreciate the balance of skills that roofers must hold. They need to know how to work with their hands. At the same time, they also need a lot of technical knowledge, and they need to be able to make some pretty involved mathematical calculations, too. Thank you, roofers.