How To Recognize Damage To An Asphalt-Shingled Roof

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An asphalt-shingled roof can last for up to twenty years, but individual shingles can sustain some damage that will need to be addressed in order to keep your roof in good condition. By learning to recognize signs of damage, you can act quickly to make repairs and keep your roof in good condition. Different weather conditions can cause different kinds of damage, so it is important to know what to look for:

Wind Damage

Wind can catch the bottom edge of shingles and lift them off your roof like a sail. If the wind exerts enough pressure on the shingle, it can rip the shingle along seams or even tear the shingle right off of your roof. Thus, you should inspect shingles for signs of tearing. This may require you to climb up onto your roof and make a shingle-by-shingle inspection. On the other hand, if the shingle has been ripped off your roof, you should be able to spot a missing shingle from the ground. 

Damage from Fallen Limbs

If you have branches that hang over your roof, high winds can break limbs, which then fall on your roof. These falling limbs can puncture shingles and/or rip them off your roof. Thus, if you have just had a windstorm, and you have fallen limbs in your yard, it may be a good idea to inspect your roof even if you don't see any limbs there. The jagged signs of limb-punctured shingles should be easy enough to spot. 

Hail Damage

Small hailstones can scrape the protective granules that coat your roofing shingles off, which will then leave your shingles prone to sun damage. If the hailstones are large enough, they can even puncture holes in the shingles themselves. To find signs of hail damage, look for a bulls-eye-shaped tear in the shingles on your roof. Before you consider making repairs, count how many shingles are damaged. If the damage is widespread and your roof is near the end of its service life anyway, you may be better off just replacing your roof instead of repairing the damaged shingles. 

If you can't or would rather not access your roof, you can hire a roofing contractor to make an inspection and then make any repairs it may require. If you make your own inspections, you can inspect your roof whenever you feel the need. On the other hand, if you need to hire a contractor, you should be able to get away with a yearly inspection and a cursory inspection after any major weather event that may damage your roof. 

Contact a company like Arcadia Roofing for more information and assistance. 

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