For many homeowners in Columbia, MD, shingle roofs are commonplace. You’ll be hardpressed to find homes without them. Like any other kind of roof, shingle roofs require upkeep and maintenance to protect your investment for the long haul. However, as opposed to say, a flat roof, shingle roofs may be easier for homeowners to spot the warning signs since they’re largely visible from the ground-level of your home. For this blog let’s take a look at the warning signs you should be aware of so you can know if it’s the right time have a Columbia roofing specialist replace your shingle roof in Columbia, MD.
Shingle roofs tend to show their age and wear rather visibly. Because of this, there are a variety of warning factors you can spot before even having the need for a full roof replacement.
The most obvious warning sign is shingles that are missing or visibly damaged. Missing shingles may come off in single spots, or in larger patches all at once. You may notice them at first when cleaning gutters and shingles have slid down your roof and gotten caught in them. Damaged shingles may be those that are torn or dented. This usually happens when debris such as fallen branches from trees strikes and damages your shingles during a storm. Missing or damaged shingles can create weak points in your roof, allowing for liquid and moisture to invade and begin rotting through your roof’s underlayment to rot its wooden structural frame. This is one of the reasons Four Twelve recommends all clients invest in synthetic underlayment that is more durable and can keep moisture out better than felt underlayment in the event that missing or damaged shingles aren’t spotted in time. This can help avoid the need to fully replace your shingle roof in Columbia, MD.
If you’ve spotted dark streaks across your roof, that should send up a major red flag. These streaks are an eyesore, but as industry-best shingling manufacturer Owens Cornings explains, they can be more than just ugly. Streaking most often occurs in high-humidity environments when parts of your roof are shaded, causing a moisture buildup in the cool areas, leading to the formation of algae. Algae can also travel by airborne spores in humid places without the assistance of shaded areas. While algae is not at first detrimental, over time it can deteriorate UV granules on the shingles that protect your roof from harmful airborne fungi. This combination can form lichen, which can do significant damage to your roof. Streaking can also cause your roof to retain more moisture, which can eventually lead to harmful water damage. If dealt with in time, streaking can likely be cleaned off by a professional before damage occurs. However, if ignored for a while and lichen is forming or water is forming, it may be time to replace your shingle roof.
Even if visible damage isn’t there, taking into account the age of your roof factors in importantly to whether or not it’s time for a roof fix or replacement. Firstly, figure out whether your home is equipped with short-term shingles (20-25 Year Shingles) or long-lasting 50 Year Shingles. Before you purchase a new home, ask the previous homeowners about the roof’s age and shingle choice. If your shingles are exceeding the set time laid out by the manufacturers then it’s probably a wise idea to bring over a qualified roofing contractor to get a health report on your shingles. Not all damage is visible at first, but can still spread internally to other parts of your roof, creating a significant risk to your home. When you invest in your next replacement or new shingling, opt for the 50 Year option for more durable shingles. If you want to learn more about how materials affect the lifespan of your shingle roof, check out our comprehensive guide.
If you’re worried about the health of your shingle roof, give Four Twelve a call today. Our team understands the unique needs of shingle roofs, and how to address the damage that ranges from the mild to the sever. When it’s time to replace your shingle roof in Columbia, MD, let the experts at Four Twelve go to work for you. Contact us for a consultation today.
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