How to know when shingles need repairing or replacing

At Clean Comfort Home Improvements, we provide a wide range of roof shingle installation & repair services.

Shingles are the frontline protectors of your roof so it’s important to ensure they are in good shape. Shingles act as an integral barrier against strong winds, sunlight, and other severe weather conditions. Over time, they age and lose their strength and will need repairing or replacing.

 

Missing Granules 

When viewed from ground level, missing granules appear as dark patches on light shingles or lighter patches if the shingles are black or dark.  You will also find granules in your gutters or eavestroughs when you cleaned. Granules are important as they protect the asphalt in the shingle from being damaged by the UV rays of the sun. So once they begin to deteriorate, the shingles will wear out faster.

 

Curling Shingles

Curling Is the result of the asphalt in the shingles drying and shrinking over time and they become brittle as a result.  In high winds, they will begin to get blown off easily. To repair this the affected tiles need to be replaced or if it is too widespread, this will indicate it’s time to replace your roof entirely. 

 

Moss Growth on Shingles 

Moss growth on shingles doesn’t necessarily mean that shingles are old or worn out, particularly if it is only in one area. If moss is taken care of early, then it won’t affect the roof. But if it is left to grow unchecked it will damage and prematurely shorten the life of a roof. However, if the growth is widespread, abundant and has been there a while, the shingles become damaged as the moss will get under them and start to lift them up.  This hurts the ability of your roof to drain and will lead to leaks.

 

Blistering Shingles

Blistering happens when humidity levels get too high around the shingle. This most often occurs when moisture builds up in the attic in hot humid conditions. The hot sun above and the moisture below cause the shingle surface to bubble up. It’s a sign of inadequate attic ventilation, a major cause of early roof failure. 

 

Age of the Roof 

This is an important factor to consider when deciding if you need a simple repair or a full roof replacement, and the Clean Comfort team will do a thorough inspection and assessment to help determine the best steps for your roof. 

If you are seeing any of these above signs or suspect that your shingles need repairing or replacing, contact us today for a complimentary consultation to discuss your options. When it comes to shingles, it’s crucial to catch damage early before it can create immense damage to the rest of your home.