Roof Problems? Warning Signs:

The following will help you identify the potential for roof failure.

BARE SPOTS

bare-spotThe protective granular surface of shingles wears off as the asphalt, into which the granules are embedded, begins to harden over time. Bare spots are often accompanied by fine fissures on the shingles‘ surface and by the accumulation of granules in the gutters.

CURLING

curling-shingleThe upward curling of shingle tabs makes them highly susceptible to wind and ice damage. This is a problem on older roofs where moisture build-up in the attic affects the underside of the shingle.

BROKEN SHINGLES

broken-shingleDamage can be caused by extreme wind conditions and snow removal. Shingles are supposed to shed water, so broken, torn, or missing tabs become obvious entry points for water, especially on low slope roofs where run-off is slower. This is also true for the peaks of the roof where shingles are the most vulnerable to high winds.

CLAWING

clawing-roofThis is the curling under of the shingle tab’s bottom edge and is part of the normal aging process of shingles. The bulge created is vulnerable to substantial damage by wind action, hail and ice.

BUCKLING

buckling-shingleBuckling is a visible distortion or waviness in the horizontal lines of shingles, and usually runs in a straight line up the roof slope. Shingle tabs become exposed to wind and can be torn off. Very often, the problem is warping in the roof deck caused by poor attic ventilation. The use of thinner-than-recommended plywood and other non-plywood materials adds to the problem.

FLASHING

flashing-shingleMany problems occur at the flashings around vents, soil stacks, chimneys and vertical wall joints. Is the flashing cracked? Is the caulking around the flashing dried out? Are the shingles that lie over the flashing in good shape?