Since you can’t see your roof very well from the ground, it’s easy to ignore signs of damage, especially if you’re not experiencing any issues inside your home. However, small flaws in your roof can quickly lead to leaks or major water damage. Don’t wait until water is coming in through the ceiling! Here are a few common signs of roof damage that should be addressed as soon as possible.

Sunlight in the Attic

You can start evaluating the condition of your roof from the inside of your home by heading up to the attic. First, shut off all the lights and see if any sunlight peeks through. If light can enter your attic, so can rain, snow, and cold air. Also, look for stains that indicate water damage. If you see any, monitor them over a couple rainfalls and note whether they change in shape or size, which would indicate an active leak.

Missing Shingles

Shingles are your roof’s first line of defense against water, other natural elements, and wildlife. When one or more shingles are missing, the underlayment materials of your roof become exposed and susceptible to damage. If caught early, missing shingles can be easily repaired. However, if a lot of shingles are missing and your roof is at least 25 years old, it’s time to look into a total roof replacement.

Granules in the Gutter

If you’re wondering about the health of your roof, one thing you can do is check your gutters and the ground around your home for granules. When granules start washing into your gutters or on to the ground, it is a sign that your roof may need to be replaced, because this typically only happens when your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan. However, it’s also normal for your shingles to lose some granules due to heavy rain. If you see a lot of granules in your gutters, it’s best to schedule an inspection just to be safe.


Water damage, structural damage, inferior roofing materials, and poor installation methods can all lead to a sagging roof. No matter what caused your roof to sag, it’s important to take action to prevent a collapse; once a roof has started to sag, it will only get more expensive to repair over time. Hire a professional to determine the exact cause of the sagging, assess the damage, and recommend repair or replacement.

Many types of roof damage can be repaired if caught early enough, while others indicate more serious issues. If you have any concerns about your roof, large or small, contact a professional contractor to schedule an inspection as soon as possible.

Call Us for Professional Roof Repair and Replacement

Located in Coon Rapids, Paskar Construction is the residential contractor you can trust to provide top quality home exteriors and excellent customer service. We specialize in roof repair and replacement for homes throughout the Twin Cities metro area and are happy to provide a free, in-home consultation. Call 612-290-0332 today to get in touch with our team!