If you’re not a roofing professional, it can be hard to ascertain whether your roof needs asphalt shingle repairs or is just experiencing the regular wear and tear of a roof. Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all prescription that applies in all situations to make this distinction. There are signs, however, that you can use as a rule of thumb to decide on which course of action to take. Kirkey Roofing has compiled a list of five signs that may better inform your decision. Keep in mind that ultimately only a qualified licensed roofing contractor can make the final decision as to whether you need repairs, a replacement, or no action is necessary on your part.
Broken or Missing Asphalt Shingles
Broken or missing asphalt shingles is a familiar problem that plagues roofs in Florida. Our weather is not kind to roofs. If you see missing or broken shingles, it might be time to call your preferred roofing expert. Broken shingles can be an entryway for water to damage your roof. Broken or missing shingles are usually caused by windy weather or physical damage caused by trees or branches.
Curling or clawing shingles are another familiar sight in Florida. They are the result of excessive heat and old age. The picture on the side presents an example of curling shingles. If you see this, depending on the size of the area, it might be too late for asphalt shingle repairs, and instead, be time for a full roof replacement.
Roof flashings are the transitional areas where your roof meets a vertical surface such as a wall or a chimney. They are easy to see as they are differentiated from the natural color of asphalt shingles or their attached surfaces. Roof flashings are subject to separation and lifting, where the caulking or attachment method eventually fails due to weather or another damaging agent. Once flashings fail, your roof will experience water damage that may be irreparable.
Granules are added to shingles to make the roof hardier against damaging UV rays and increase fire resistance. They look like coarse, black sand. Granule loss will be apparent in your storm gutters or on the ground near walls if your home does not have gutters. Do not worry. Some granule loss is typical and expected during the lifetime of a roof. But when the damage is uniform and consistent long after your roof is installed, it’s time to contact a professional to determine if your roof’s integrity is not compromised.
You will notice bucking shingles by the waved misshapen distortions that run in vertical lines on your roof. These wave formations mark a weakness in your roof that can make it particularly susceptible to our old friends; rain and wind. Buckling may be caused by wear and tear but often may be caused by poor roof underlayment installation.
Talking to an Asphalt Shingle Repairs Professional
The above information is strictly to be used as a soft determinant as to whether your roof needs asphalt shingle repairs. But to make a full determination reach out to a professional certified roofing contractor such as Kirkey Roofing. We have over 69 years of experience and provide free no-obligation estimates. Call us at (941) 499-8387 or send us a quick message here.