Pro-Roofing Blog

Is your roof past its prime?

Watch for these roof warning signals.

The following will help you identify the potential for roof failure.

BARE SPOTS

The protective granular surface of shingles wears off as the asphalt, into which the granules are embedded, begins to harden over time. Bare spots are often accompanied by fine fissures on the shingles’ surface and by the accumulation of granules in the gutters.

Clawing

This is the curling under of the shingle tab’s bottom edge and is part of the normal aging process of shingles. The bulge created is susceptible to substantial damage by wind action, hail and ice.

Curling

The upward curling of shingle tabs makes them highly susceptible to wind and ice damage. This is a problem on older roofs where moisture build-up in the attic affects the underside of the shingle.

Broken Shingles

Damage can be caused by extreme wind conditions and snow removal. Broken, torn or missing tabs become obvious entry points for water, especially on low slope roofs where run-off is slower & at the peaks of the roof where shingles are the most vulnerable to high winds.

Buckling

Buckling is a visible distortion or waviness in the horizontal lines of shingles and usually runs in a straight line up the roof slope. Shingle tabs become exposed to wind and can be torn off. The problem is often warping in the roof deck caused by poor attic ventilation. The use of thinner-than-recommended plywoods and other non-plywood materials adds to the problem.

Flashing

Many problems occur at the flashings around vents, soil stacks, chimneys and vertical wall joints. Is the flashing cracked? Is the caulking around the flashing dried out? Are the shingles that lie over the flashing in good shape?

Braymar Roofing has the products and expertise you need to identify, fix, or replace shingles that need attention.

The best way to protect your home is to protect your roof!