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Alamo Heights Roofing: Article About Shingle Damages

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Shingles are the roof's outer layer, and they protect the home from various elements. These make up the surface of many homes and contribute to the roof's waterproof attributes. However, these components don't last forever. Severe storms and time can begin to break down the materials of shingles. Once these begin to deteriorate, it's only a matter of time before the underlayment and decking are exposed. This has the potential to cause greater issues for the homeowner if left unchecked. It's this potential degradation of the materials that inspires many to call Alamo Heights roofing specialists to ensure the integrity of their roof.

Discoloration of the shingles could signify damage along the roof. In many instances, this is caused when the asphalt is being worn away. It's a common effect of hail storms, but it can also be caused by other severe weather patterns. Even the age of the roof can contribute to the degradation of the shingles. If you spot an area that seems to be a different color than the rest of the roof or if there is a pepper-like appearance, you may have shingles that are compromised.

Loosened shingles can also be problematic in terms of waterproofing. If these components are free from their fastening, the next gust of wind could easily rip them off.

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This can also cause further problems as each unit could be responsible for tearing loose the one next to it during a wind storm. Most loose shingles can be spotted from the ground as they are often resting askew from the rest of the installation. However, it is possible that a shingle could be relaxed from its fitting without being obvious. Closer examination will reveal if this is the case.

Keep a close eye on the edges of the roofing, too, especially in areas where flashing is used. Depending on the materials, the edges are often the first to degrade over time. If the flashing is damaged or otherwise loose from its fastening, it could cause damage to the shingles by tearing them up from the surface. The flashing could also bang against the shingles during wind storms, which could cause nicks and gouges to form. Pay close attention to shingles near the flashing of a dormer.

Examine areas of the roof that are near tree branches for marring. This happens when the limbs of the tree collide with the roof during storms. It doesn't take a great deal of pressure for these to damage the surface of the house. Even the slightest breeze can cause a branch to scrape along the shingles.

Roof damage can come in a wide variety of ways. If you want to maintain the integrity of the roof and protect the investment of the home, you should inspect the surface regularly. By catching the small problems now, you can prevent more expensive repairs at a later date.

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