At ACS Roofing, we’ve had a lot of clients approach us with moderate to significant roofing damage. We know from both personal and professional experience how important a roof is to your home.

A home’s roof is its first line of defense against rain, wind, and storms. While in the past few decades the quality of roofing materials has significantly improved, your roof will still be susceptible to damage over time.

In this article, we’ll cover six of the telling signs that your roof has sustained damage, whether that is due to a storm that recently rolled in, or simply old age. Determining the type of damage you have on your hands will also help you to know if you need to choose a new roof for your home.

1. Shingle Damage

One of the leading ways you know that your roof needs attention is when you can see that a few or a large section of shingles has been damaged. Shingles that are damaged may have the appearance of being cracked, curled, or missing altogether.

Signs of Shingle Damage:

  • Missing or displaced shingles
  • Curling or buckling shingles
  • Cracked or split shingles
  • Granule loss
  • Water stains on the ceiling or in the attic


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    Should a DIYer or a Professional Handle It?

    Are you a DIY enthusiast? Minor shingle repairs, such as replacing individual damaged shingles, can often be performed by homeowners with some DIY experience. More on how to replace asphalt shingles here. However, extensive shingle damage or roof-wide issues are best handled by professional roofers to ensure a lasting repair.

    When in doubt, simply contact ACS Roofing today and our roofing experts will be happy to assist you!

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    2. Water Damage

    Water damage is a significant concern for your home’s roof. It can result from a variety of issues, including damaged or missing shingles, improper sealing around vents and chimneys, clogged gutters, or inadequate flashing.

    Signs of Water Damage:

    • Water stains on interior walls or ceilings
    • Sagging or drooping sections of the roof
    • Damp or moldy odors in the attic or living spaces
    • Peeling paint or wallpaper
    • Presence of moss or algae growth on the roof

    Should a DIYer or a Professional Handle It?

    Addressing minor leaks or water damage may be something that a DIY homeowner may be comfortable with. These include patching small holes or sealing gaps around vents. However, for extensive water damage or leaks that persist, you should consult a roofing company.

    Our licensed roofing contractors can give you a peace of mind since we can identify the source of the problem and provide effective solutions!

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    3. Wind Damage

    Strong winds can wreak havoc on a roof, especially during intense thunderstorms or tornadoes. Wind damage can include lifted or torn shingles, damaged ridge caps, and even structural damage to the roof overall.

    Signs of Wind Damage:

    • Missing or displaced shingles
    • Loose or detached flashing
    • Debris accumulation on the roof
    • Visible cracks or splits in the roof structure
    • Leaks during or after a storm

    Should a DIYer or a Professional Handle It?

    Minor wind damage, such as replacing a few missing shingles, may be manageable for homeowners with DIY skills.

    However, for more severe wind damage, it is best to enlist the help of a professional roofer who can assess the overall structural integrity of the roof and perform necessary repairs.

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    4. Hail Damage

    Hailstorms can cause significant damage to roofs, particularly when hailstones are large or accompanied by strong winds. Hail damage can result in dented or cracked shingles, punctured membranes, and compromised protective layers.

    Learn more here about how to identify and fix roof hail damage.



    Signs of Hail Damage:

    • Dents on shingles or metal components
    • Granule loss on shingles
    • Cracked or fractured shingles
    • Visible holes in the roof surface
    • Leaks or water stains on interior ceilings or walls

    Should a DIYer or a Professional Handle It?

    Hail damage repair often requires professional assistance due to the complexity of the repairs involved.

    Professional roofers can accurately assess the extent of the damage, provide recommendations for repairs or replacements, and ensure the roof’s overall structural integrity is not compromised.

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    5. Damaged Flashing

    Flashing refers to the thin metal strips installed around roof penetrations (such as vents, chimneys, and skylights) and at the intersections of different roof sections. Damaged or improperly installed flashing can lead to water infiltration and subsequent damage.

    Signs of Damaged Flashing:

    • Rust or corrosion on the flashing
    • Loose or detached flashing
    • Water stains or leaks near roof penetrations
    • Mold or mildew growth around flashing areas

    Should a DIYer or a Professional Handle It?

    Repairing or replacing damaged flashing is best left to professionals, as it requires expertise in ensuring proper sealing and preventing future leaks.

    Professional roofers can assess the condition of the flashing, identify any underlying issues, and perform the necessary repairs or replacements. Here’s some helpful key questions to ask your roofing contractor before hiring them.

    6. Old Roof

    An aging roof is prone to multiple forms of damage. Over time, constant exposure to the elements and general wear and tear can weaken the roof’s structure and compromise its ability to provide adequate protection.

    Signs of an Old Roof:

    • Shingles that appear worn, cracked, or missing
    • Sagging or uneven roof surfaces
    • Frequent leaks or water stains
    • High energy bills (indicating poor insulation)
    • Visible signs of rot or decay on the roof structure

    Should a DIYer or a Professional Handle It?

    Addressing issues related to an old roof is best handled by our roofing company, since we can perform a comprehensive inspection to assess the overall condition of the roof.

    Our professional roofers may recommend repairs, partial replacements, or a complete roof replacement, depending on the extent of the damage.

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    Why Choose ACS Roofing to Fix Your Roof

    When it comes to repairing or replacing your damaged roof, you should hire the experts at ACS Roofing!

    Our certified roofing contractors have professional expertise when it comes to roof installation, replacement, and repair.

    Additionally, our team has the necessary tools on hand and knowledge of building codes to correctly assess any roofing damage and provide reliable solutions to ensure your roof is functioning properly again.

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    By entrusting your roofing repairs to our home improvement professionals, you can ensure the longevity and integrity of your roof during the winter and throughout the year – for years to come! ACS Roofing provides roofing services to the Fox Valley area. We serve the cities of Appleton, Kimberly, Kaukauna, Little Chute, Greenville, Menasha, Neenah, and Oshkosh.

    Contact Us

    If you’re noticing any of these signs and aren’t comfortable handling the roof repair yourself, then reach out to the experts at ACS Roofing! We have been in business since 2003, and take pride in the quality of work that we do. In addition, our Google Reviews demonstrate our commitment to quality.

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    Contact us, or give us a call for your quote today!

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