This winter has been very hard on your roof. Winter of 2013/2014 has been one of the coldest and snowiest in over 20 years. This are some of the worst conditions possible for roofing systems. The extreme expansion and contraction of sealants, flashings and shingles lead to problems. Even specialized sealants can crack in the extreme cold exposing a pathway for water into our homes. Take some time to look at your roof and check for these signs that a leak is around the corner.
1. Raised or Curled Shingles
A three tab (or standard) roof should be be flat and without visible texture. A noticeable texture or raised edges on three-tab shingles are the most common signs that your shingles are at the end of their life. As the shingle ages the asphalt contracts leading to curled shingle edges. This can be especially pronounced near flashing.
2. Broken or Missing Shingles
Shingle Curling is caused by a hardening of the asphalt. Hardening of asphalt also leads to broken tabs and shingle blow off as the shingles are not flexible enough to bend when the wind blows them. Instad, they simply break and fall to the ground exposing areas of the roof to the elements.
3. Granule Loss
If you notice granules in your gutters or on the ground near your downspouts, you are seeing another sign that the shingles don’t have much time left. When you see granules, the asphalt is exposed to the sun and wears very quickly. This condition contributes to the issues we listed above.
If you see these conditions happening to your roof, call us today for a no hassle estimate.