Do you have questions about your upcoming roofing project? We have the answers. Keep reading to find answers to all of the frequently asked questions that we receive from residents in the area — or, as always, you can reach out to us if you’re still curious. Red Dog’s Roofing proudly provides home roofing solutions for homeowners throughout Fitchburg, Leominster, Gardner, and the surrounding area.

What are some indicators that my roof is failing?

Your roof may be in need of repairs or replacement if you notice any of the following signs of a failing roof:


First and foremost, if you notice a leak, then your roof isn’t doing its job. While some leaks may be easy to locate and repair, other leaks can be difficult to assess, since water can traverse the rafters and interior structure of your roof before it reaches the walls and ceilings of your home. In these instances, it’s best to have us over to perform an inspection to assess the source of a leak, and to provide you with the proper solution.

Poor drainage:

Your roof should shed precipitation easily. If you’re experiencing poor drainage, you may have a sagging roof which will require repairs, or you may simply have blocked gutters (which is a simple fix). Be sure to take care of drainage problems right away, since they can lead to leaks and they can harm the integrity of your roof structure.

Missing shingles, tiles, or shakes:

Have you noticed that parts of your roof have flown off? If you can see missing components, or exposed sub-roofing, then it’s time for immediate repairs. Missing pieces may be an indication of severe weather damage, a poor initial installation, or roofing materials that are worn out. Regardless, you should have your roof repaired right away.

Dents, dings, tears, and other damage:

Wind, branches, and other hazards can cause damage to your roof. If you can tell your shingles, tiles, shakes, or metal panels are damaged, then they likely require replacing. We can work with your insurer if you have protection and your home has been damaged by hail or other “acts of God.”

Mold and discoloration:

Mold can accumulate on certain roof types (especially shingles and wood shakes), and various roofing materials discolor over time. Mold can be cleaned off to help maintain the integrity of your roof. Meanwhile, discoloration may be an indication that your roof is approaching the end of its life.