How Did This Customer Get a Hole in Their Roof?

How Did This Customer Get a Hole in Their Roof?

This is quite a big hole!  Believe it or not, when we took the roof off of this Alpharetta, GA home last week, they had a section of their roof deck that measured almost three feet in diameter that was rotten.

In the middle of the rot, surprisingly, the wood had deteriorated to the point that there was a hole that an apple could fit through!  You would never be able to tell by looking at the roof before the shingles were taken off.

The customer called us because the roof was leaking horribly into their bedroom upstairs.  Why did this happen?  When the house was built, the contractors that worked on their roof left nail holes in the shingles and did not seal them.  This roof was about 10 years old and over those 10 years, each time it rained, water worked its way through those holes until it rotted away that wood.

They actually had rotten wood all over their home.  What should you learn from this?  It’s never a bad idea to have your roof looked at.  If you’re not paying attention and you just wait until it’s too late, you will have to replace it.  In the case of this homeowner, they could have paid a few hundred dollars years ago and their roof would still be in good shape today.

By |2016-12-29T17:44:15+00:00October 17th, 2016|Tips: Blog Articles for Atlanta Roofing|3 Comments


  1. Adam Sharpley November 12, 2017 at 11:16 am - Reply

    This happens when home owners act lazy and take their roof for granted. Being a roofer, I always tell home owners to inspect their roof atleast twice a year, so that they can spot the problems when they are small and get them repaired quickly.

  2. Ron Pickle December 26, 2017 at 10:04 am - Reply

    This is really surprising, it seems the home owner was quite lax and lazy about their roof and never got it inspected in a long time, so not surprised at all.

  3. John Randal January 15, 2018 at 7:58 am - Reply

    This is definitely a bad roofing job but also if home owner was disciplined with its annual inspection by a good roofer, this problem would have been spotted early on and rectified and did not lead to the situation this bad.

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