6 Common Causes of Roof Damage

Posted on by Protech Roofing Team

No one wants to have to climb onto their roof only to find numerous leaks and waterlogged dents, and neither does anyone want to have to shell out money when it could be easily avoided. As such, understanding what sort of damage to look for when performing maintenance checks is extremely important if you don’t want to find yourself in the aforementioned situation.

With this in mind, this month, the team at Protech Roofing will be detailing six common causes of roof damage – so you can catch them before they escalate.

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If your roof was installed incorrectly, the chances are it will experience a plethora of problems during its lifespan. The problems will be more than cosmetic, too. In fact, if you’re experiencing leaks but can’t notice any obvious damage, the chances are your underlay (a weather resistant sheet which separates the tiles from the insulation) was installed incorrectly. If this is the case, then you will need to have a professional check your roof.

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Weather is arguably the main cause of roof damage, and it’s a cause which is largely out of our control. Wind and hail can be particularly relentless, and are known for causing punctures in the sealant. To minimise weather damage to your roof, make sure you perform checks after periods of bad weather.


Overhanging branches can wreak havoc with roofs, especially if they’re teamed with bad weather. Even if they don’t break off, branches that abrade the surface of the tiles can pull them loose or break them if left long enough. To avoid this problem, make sure that you trim back any overhanging branches until they are well clear of your roof.


If you have any dents or uneven sections in your roof, if left unchecked, there’s a good chance that they’ll become waterlogged – especially if you live in England! Unfortunately waterlogging can quickly lead to leaks if not dealt with quick enough, so make sure you check your roof after periods of heavy rain.


Particularly in autumn, a buildup of leaves and twigs can quickly block your guttering and trap any rainwater. If heavy rain ensues, an overflow will occur and could cause a leak. Although in some instances this is difficult to avoid, make sure you trim back any overhanging branches, as this will speed up the process. However, this should already be on your list!

Poor maintenance

If you’re reading this article, then the chances are you’re on the right track as far as maintenance is concerned. However, it’s still worth noting that a lack of maintenance will only lead to bigger, more taxing and more expensive problems down the line.

As leading roofing specialists in the Leeds area, Protech Roofing can be trusted to install and maintain a broad range of roofing types and materials. With over 25 years’ experience, we’re certainly experts in our field.

If you notice any signs of damage to your roof that you feel have got out of control, then don’t hesitate to get in contact, we’d be happy to help!

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