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Five Most Common Types of Roof Damage in the Midwest

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Living in the midwest brings unpredictable weather for a majority of the year—we could have snow in August for all we know. With unpredictable weather comes concerns for your home, especially your roof. While most roofing materials will last twenty years or more, they are still susceptible to damage.

Thankfully, Sherriff Goslin Roofing is here to help. This post explores the five most common types of roof damage in the midwest and how roof repair services from Sherriff Goslin Roofing can help resolve them.


Leaks are by far the most common roofing issue homeowners experience. Estimates suggest that a whopping 40% of all building-related problems result from water intrusion.

Leaks can occur for all sorts of reasons, including missing tiles, the buildup of leaves, and problems with underlay material. Unfortunately, they can be quite hard to identify in the early stages, meaning that they have the potential to cause a lot of damage before you catch them. 

Sherriff Goslin Roofing helps fix leaks by looking for both the source and detecting the effects on the rest of your home. We will start by surveying the entire roof and attic for evidence of water intrusion and further evaluate the best options to solve the problem. 

Loose Or Broken Shingles

Roof shingles are highly durable, but they don’t last forever. Eventually, they can crack or simply detach from the roof itself, jeopardizing the barrier between your home and the elements.

High winds are the biggest risk factor. When wind speeds increase, it can subject shingles to high forces which eventually overwhelm and damage them. Hail and rain can also destroy these materials. 

When shingles lose their structural integrity, they can put both people and property at risk. Loose shingles can fall to the ground, potentially injuring those walking below, and increase the likelihood of damage to a nearby home or building when the wind picks up. Water intrusion, dampness, mold, and structural damage can occur if loose or broken shingles are not detected in time.

Preventing damage from loose or broken shingles is easy. As soon as you notice a damaged or missing tile, give us a call and get us to come and restore your roof back to full function. 

Falling Trees

When purchasing a home, it’s more than likely you’ll have full grown trees on the property, oftentimes too close for comfort. Trees can damage roofs in many ways:

  • The whole tree might topple over (usually during or after a storm)
  • The tree may deposit leaves and needles on your roof, leaving it more susceptible to mold growth, leaks, and rotting
  • Overhanging branches may fall, damaging roof shingles and substructures

Though hiring a tree trimming company to maintain the overhang and unwanted structures, it’s possible the damage has already been done—Sherriff Goslin Roofing can help. Our roofing installation service removes your old, damaged roof, and replaces it with a new one. Or, if the damage is mild, our roof maintenance service can assist in repairing whatever damage came about.


Every year, tornadoes cause $400 million in damage in the U.S. In many cases, the destruction is complete, requiring homeowners to get full re-roofings, if not complete rebuilds of their property.

If you’ve recently experienced a tornado in your area, it’s likely your roof was the recipient of the aftermath. Sherriff Goslin Roofing can install new roofs. We can also advise you on how to improve your roof so that it can withstand tornadoes in the future.

Roof Rot

Finally, roofs can experience roof rot where spreading water develops throughout the roofing materials, causing wood to rot and a musty smell to develop. As with leaks, roof rot is difficult to detect and often requires a professional diagnosis. 

Just as with other natural disasters and unavoidable challenges, Sherriff Goslin can help. We’ll inspect your roof, letting you know if you have a case of roof rot or not, and our experienced staff will discuss with you the options to fix it. 

Sherriff Goslin Roofing: Protect Your Roof All Year Round

With over 100 years of experience and 25 locations to choose from, we’re the Midwest’s leading commercial, architectural, and residential roofing company. We understand that unforeseen circumstances happen and maintenance can become a challenge. Our team of professionals will supply you with the best options to restore your roof to a newer state, keeping you and your family safe and dry for years to come. Keep the best possible roof over your family’s head with Sherriff Goslin Roofing. Find your local Sherriff Goslin Roofing branch here and request a quote today!