Your home’s shingle roof is a lot like your family pet. Neither can speak to you if it needs attention. But just as Rover is sending out quiet signals of pain or discomfort, your roof is putting out clear, if silent, signs that shingle roof repair time is near.
Four Warning Signs Not to Ignore
Fiberglass-asphalt shingles—the most common type on American homes today—are built to last around 20 years. They constantly change over time, giving up some of the vital pieces that make them weather resistant, losing granules that provide protection, and drying out to expose roof and underlayment.
Some common warning signs that your fiberglass-asphalt shingles are past their prime and in need of repair or replacement:
- Actual age—Though a calendar is not foolproof and some roofs can last more than two decades, if your roof is from the 20th century, it may be time to invest in shingle roof repair work soon.
- Loss of water resistance—No roof is waterproof. A shingle roof repels and sheds water, channeling it into your home’s gutters. The roof then dries out in sunlight. If water gets down under the tabs, through cracks, or into your sheathing, you can get leaks. Leaks are a sure signs you need shingle roof repair work.
- Curling, cracked, or missing shingles—From the safety of a ground viewing position, examine your roof’s shingles for signs of distress, such as curling tabs, cracked, damaged, or missing shingles. Every flaw is an invitation for water infiltration and a definite sign you need shingle roof repair services quickly.
- Flashing and valleys—The intersections of roof portions are valleys, and they take a pounding in heavy weather. Metal flashing in valleys and around chimneys can become dislodged, corroded, or lose its adhesion, allowing water to seep into cracks.
What to Do When You Need Shingle Roof Repair
Few homeowners have the do-it-yourself skills and proper safety equipment to navigate a roof safely and to replace fiberglass-asphalt shingles. You will stay safer and have greater peace of mind by calling in professionals, such as the experts at Imperial Roofing. Whether you need large or small repairs, Imperial Roofing’s trained crews can perform efficiently and economically to prolong your home’s shingle roof. Contact Imperial Roofing today to learn what we can offer you.