The roof is an important part of your home. When things go wrong here, other things regarding your home will begin to falter. Here are five warning signs that will let you know your shingle roof needs to be replaced.
1. Curling Shingles
Curling shingles are also referred to as clawing shingles. When these roof tiles curl, this is a sign of two things, your roofing system is getting old, and your roof has been exposed to excessive heat. Shingles in this condition are prone to ice and wind damage. Once shingles sustain damage, they are susceptible to becoming rigid. Stiff shingles break easily and lose tab edges.
2. Bare Spots and Loose or Missing Shingles
Loose or missing granules and bare spots are commonly caused by downspouts that are incorrectly placed, insufficient eavestrough, and a drain design that is not ideal for a second story home. Other factors that can cause bare spots include granule loss, physical damage, and a roof that is aging.
3. Broken Shingles
Broken shingles can put a roof at its most vulnerable point. Broken or missing roof tile compromises the safety and effectiveness of a roof where it is not able to shed water. A weak roof can become an entryway for water. Common causes of missing or broken shingles include physical damage and damage caused by the wind.
4. Buckling Shingles
Common causes of buckling shingles are an aging roof and underlayment that is poorly or improperly installed. Wet underlayment is another common cause of buckling roof tile. These type of shingles are extremely prone to ice and wind damage. Because buckling rooftop tile is weak, they can easily be torn off a roof. These type of shingles are ones that are distorted, wavy, and appear vertically on a roof’s slope.
5. Flashing Damage
Dried out caulking, separation, and lifting is all weaknesses of flashing that are located around chimneys, valleys, and skylights. Expansion and contraction cause separation and lifting. Damaged flashing can become loose and allow water to get underneath, allowing water to create further damage.
If any of these warning signs seem familiar, your roof may need to be repaired or replaced as soon as possible. Many complex roof problems start with a simple leak and can escalate to a more serious issue. Contact us today to see how we can help improve your roof.