While shingles are among the most common roofing options, they can also be tricky to repair. Taking off the old shingles and replacing them with new ones while not compromising rest of the roof is something that only a skilled roofer can pull off. It also takes a skilled eye to determine which shingles need to be replaced and what parts of the roof require repairs. With shingles, the damage can be well hidden and very hard to detect.
That’s why it is vital that you hire a professional roofer to do the work for you and to replace, repair and inspect you shingle roof when you suspect there is damage. How can you tell when your roof is in need of repairs, though?
Signs of Shingle Roof Damage
After a heavy storm has hit your house or after some debris fell on your home, you may suspect that there is damage on your roof. Even if you can’t see the damage from the ground level or even after climbing up on the roof, you may have a feeling that something needs to be fixed on your roof.
You might not be wrong, either, as it can be tough to tell if damage has occurred. Asphalt shingles do a great job of protecting your house, but they can also disguise damage to the underlying roof structure. If you are still experiencing storm weather while inspecting your roof, then the low lighting can make it hard to see the damage that was caused as well.
It’s always best to have a professional come and insect your home for you and look for signs of damage. That way, if there is a problem, it can be found before it becomes severe.
Any roofs that are more than a decade old are at risk for suffering more damage than your average roof. The shingles and other parts that make up the roof will be rather old by that point and could be getting weak. It might not take much to cause severe damage to your roof by then, so you should at least suspect there may be damage whenever your roof takes a serious impact late in its lifespan.
You can look for visible signs of damage, such as missing or damaged shingles. If you just stand back from your roof on the ground far enough to see the entire side of the house, then missing and damaged shingles should be easy to pick out.
The shingles can deteriorate over time and start to wear thin. As that happens, they will lose particles, which can show up in your gutters. Check your gutters, downpipes and drainage areas to see if there are any shingle pieces in there. These will be tiny grains, so you’ll have to look closely, but that can be a sign that your shingles need replacing.