Common Causes of Roof Damage

Common Causes of Roof Damage

Here at Aspen Exterior Company, we pride ourselves on building dependable roofs that will serve our customers well for years to come. No matter how great of a new roof we build though, homeowners still need to be on the lookout for damage. Small problems can become large ones quickly. So it pays to know some of the common causes of roof damage and what you, or your local Palatine roofing contractor, can do about it.

Tree Limbs

The presence of heavy tree limbs can have adverse effects on your roof. They can scrape against shingles in windy weather or even snap off completely. Cutting back large branches or having a professional take care of it can help you avoid some costly damage later on. If you end up planting other trees on your land, make sure that they’re at least ten feet away. This should give them room to grow while ensuring that they don’t end up damaging your roof when they’re fully grown.


Speaking of heavy winds, weather is naturally another big cause of roof damage, even to a new roof. Hailstorms can be especially brutal, even if the shingles on your roof are built to stand up to this kind of weather event. Rain can also cause damage over time, especially if part of your roof is already worse for wear. Then you can expect other issues, like leaks, mold, and unsightly water stains. If your roof isn’t properly maintained, even just a little bit of rain can cause issues.

More extreme weather events, like lightning, can also cause damage. A lightning strike can damage shingles or the underlying structure of your roof. Combine that with heavy rains, and expensive damage can pile up rather quickly. Even extreme heat can damage your roof over time. If the summer has been especially hot, maybe it’s a good idea to have our Arlington Heights roofing contractors inspect your home for cracked shingles and other problems.

Clogged Gutters

Gutters are important to the overall health of your roof and home because they direct rainwater away from areas where they can do damage. Gutters that are clogged with leaves and other refuse can’t perform that job as well, or at all. A buildup of water can cause leaks or expensive damage to your roof. So inspecting your gutters on a regular basis is a good idea that can save you some headaches later.

Improper Maintenance

No matter how great of a new roof we build for you, it’s still going to need proper maintenance. That means looking for problem areas and addressing them properly. You’ll want to look for missing shingles, areas that aren’t level with the rest of the roof, or discolored parts of the roof. These symptoms could all indicate parts of the roof that are damaged or more vulnerable to future damage.


Sometimes an animal decides to make your home into their home. This can also be a common source of roof damage. Keep an eye out for signs that an animal has damaged shingles or other materials. Cutting back tree branches can also help prevent damage from animals, because you’ll make it harder for animals to climb over to your roof in the first place.

Trust the Palatine, Arlington Heights and Schaumburg New Roof Company

If your roof is beyond repair it may be time to contact Aspen Exterior Company. For 40 years, residents and businesses of Arlington Heights, Palatine, Schaumburg and other Northwest suburban communities have turned to Aspen Exterior for new roof solutions. Stop by our newly remodeled 17,000 square foot showroom to talk to one of our professional consultants regarding your new roofing options. We are the best roofing contractor in the area!

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