Roof Damage in a Nutshell
People always ask us how they would know if shingles are missing... You can easily tell if your roof shingles are missing by quickly walking across the street to inspect your roof from the front and then walking to your backyard to inspect your roof from the back. Another good way to tell is if you see shingles laying around your yard after a big storm. Most roofing companies like Anchor Roofing are able to provide free inspections so be sure to reach out and ask!
The most common reason for shingles to be missing is that sometimes that are not able to withstand high winds... most shingles are tested for reliability but different shingles are able to withstand higher wind speeds while other shingles are not as strong. Every shingle design is different and has different characteristics about them. If you live in a place that gets hit with really strong windstorms then it’s important to select shingles that are more durable against higher wind speeds. Be sure to ask us any questions regarding which shingles would be best for your location!
Also some roofs are older than others which makes them more vulnerable than others. Some homes can be located near trees or in open areas where the roof is more exposed to wind storms. Other common factors could be how the roof was installed and the quality of materials that were used by the previous company. These are all factors that can be reasons for some roofs being more vulnerable than others.
One of the most common ways to tell that you’re roof may have shingles missing or could be damaged is you’ll notice that water is dripping inside or there are stains on the walls and ceilings. The spot will looks like a large puddle on the roof and is usually brown or beige in color. This means that there is a roof leak. Another common thing you may notice is dripping sounds in the attic. This is a clear sign of a leaking roof and must not be ignored until you figure out what the cause is because small problems will eventually lead to bigger problems if un-solved.
Missing or damaged shingles on your roof can be a common sign that your roof may be leaking or in the stages of leading to a roof leak on the next big storm. A wet and rotting roof is also an unhealthy sign for your roof. It damages the structure of your roof which will eventually allow water into your house. Mold and Algae growth occurs when the climate is warm and humid and can also potentially lead to roof leaks.
It is also possible that damaged shingles are in response to the weather changes that happen throughout the year. It’s important to do regular checks and inspect for: - Missing shingles or tiles - Buckling shingles - Shingles that appear to be wavy - Curling shingles Also ask yourself when the last time your roof was replaced. The regular lifespan of a roof is about 20 to 25 years on average so if you’re roof is passed the average lifespan then it is more then likely becoming due and could also be a big reason why damage is occurring. By regularly checking your roof you can also prevent larger problems from occurring.
The resistance of roof shingles to the wind and harsh weather is the biggest reasons why shingles fall off which is you why you should analyze and upgrade them to increase their lifespan. Exposure to the sun and wind combined with the shingles being old will also be a factor is reasons why shingles comes off. If you are experiencing any kind of roofing difficulties then be sure to contact our roofing specialists for an inspection.
Once shingles are damaged, insufficient underlayment is one of the most critical components that cause roof leaks. This is the layer usually made of breathable synthetic material located between your deck and shingles. Poor workmanship can result in serious problems, such as roof leaks, which is why it is so important that you hire experienced roofing professionals to address any issues you come across as a homeowner. Ice Damns are caused by the constant freezing, thawing, and refreezing of snow and ice on your roof. Eventually, ice builds up at the base of your roof around the eaves. Improper ventilation, which is oftentimes, moisture or condensation you notice in your attic may not actually be from a leaking roof, but rather from an improper ventilation system.