Solutions to the Most Common Roofing Concerns

When you purchase a home, you become responsible for regularly checking on the health of your roof. Most homeowners know the usual signs of roof damage, but not everyone knows how to address these issues or when to call a professional. Cowboy Roofing cares about keeping you and your family safe in your home, which is why we’ve put together a list of the most common roofing problems and how to deal with them. Catching problems early on can prevent expensive repairs later on, so keep an eye on these key parts of your roof.

Missing or Broken Shingles

Close up view of bitumen shingles roof damage that needs repair.

The shingles on your roof serve as a thick, strong defensive layer against even the harshest conditions, but they’ll eventually start to wear down. If you notice missing shingles on your roof, it could mean the sealant holding them down is starting to fail. Broken shingles could be a result of water and sun exposure, which can reduce the effectiveness of your shingles over time. Broken or missing shingles can lead to leaks and structural damage, so the best thing to do is call a trusted roofing contractor as soon as you can.

Water Spots and Leaks


If you notice water spots on your ceiling, it most likely means you have a leak. By the time water spots form, the leak has already damaged your roof and insulation. The leak might not even be in the same area as the first water spot you notice. If you suspect you have a leak, do what you can to contain it and call a roofer immediately. Move any furniture, electronics, or other vulnerable items away from the leak and use a bucket or a large bowl to collect the water. You can even put a towel under the bucket to catch any splashes or overflow. 

Gravel in Your Downspout

Plastic catch basin installed under a downspout to alleviate drainage issues against a red brick home

Gravel or granules in your downspout are normal if you’ve just had new shingles installed, but they could be a sign of failure in mature roofs. Your shingles gradually become weaker the longer they’re exposed to water, humidity and sunlight. Gravel in your downspout, which usually occurs after storms, might mean your shingles are starting to disintegrate. When this occurs, your only long-term option is to have your shingles replaced. Don’t wait to call your roofer if you notice this problem, or else your roof could be seriously damaged and much more expensive to repair. 

Repairs You Can Trust With Cowboy Roofing

When you need immediate roofing repairs that last, you can count on Cowboy Roofing. We’ve been serving our community with residential and commercial roof work since 2005, and we’re always happy to help new clients address their roofing concerns. Our team is well-versed in insurance, which is why we’ll handle the entire process from the time you file your claim so you can stay as stress-free as possible. We’re equipped to handle nearly any roofing issue, so call us right away to request our services today!