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Missing Shingles or Broken Shingles – What’s the Harm?

If your home has missing or broken roof shingles, you might think it’s no big deal. Outside of looking bad, what’s the harm, right? Well, there can be a lot that goes wrong when roofing shingles are missing or broken. After all, your roof’s shingles are the main line of defense for your home against the elements. When that main line is compromised, minor intrusions can cause major damage.

In this blog post, we cover what can cause your roof shingles to be compromised, what can happen if left untreated, and what to do to make sure your home stays safe from whatever Mother Nature has to bring.

Conditions that Can Cause Loose, Broken, or Missing Shingles

Damaged Roof ShinglesHigh/sustained winds – As we have seen in recent years, certain times of the year can bring with it high, sustained winds. Roof shingles are meant to sustain wind, and even some gusting. But when gusts reach high levels, and/or are sustained over a period of time, even the best shingles and installation can be in danger.

Ice damming – During winter months when weather patterns swing from mild to severe, the freezing, melting, and re-freezing can cause ice damming. Ice damming can force ice, then water, to back up under roof shingles. This process loosens and can even break the shingles.

Improper installation – When your roof was installed, hopefully it was installed by a licensed roofing contractor. That is not always the case. Roofs installed by unlicensed, or poorly trained contractors can be subject to a variety of flaws. Improperly installed plywood, underlayment, and shingles can result in shingles that become loose and easily dislodged in wind and rain.

Roof Age – Even the best shingles and the best shingle installation has its limits. Most shingles come with 20-30 year warranties. When that time is up, you will likely see the tell tale signs – missing and broken shingles. If your roof is near or past its warranty, roof replacement is probably in order.

Why Fix Damaged or Missing Shingles

Prevent Damage to Plywood – When roof shingles become compromised, water can seep underneath them. If the barrier between the shingles and the plywood (the underlayment) is also compromised (and it likely is when shingles become loose or broken) water can also seep underneath of it, reaching the plywood. Once water becomes trapped between the plywood and underlayment/shingles, it can quickly begin to rot the plywood. Rotten plywood can lead to leaks and even dangerous mold.

Prevent Leaks – Once water finds its way under your shingles, it will find a path that will eventually lead to leaks. Sometimes a homeowner won’t even be aware that they have shingles that are compromised until a leak occurs. If your home is situated in such a way that you cannot see the roof in its entirety, how would you know? Unfortunately, you’ll know when you see a leak! Leaks that are visible inside a home in ceilings and walls can be costly. If your roof shingles are aging or if you see missing or broken shingles, do not hesitate in fixing the issue.

Aesthetics – If you are like most, you take great pride in home ownership. You work hard to keep your home looking its best. When it comes to curb appeal, your roof is one of the first and most noticeable parts of your home. When roof shingles are broken or missing, it can give the appearance of a home that is unkempt. Fixing your roof will help keep your home looking its best.

Repairs vs. Replacements

Shingle/Roof Age – When deciding whether to repair or replace your roof due to missing or broken shingles, age is likely the first consideration. If your roof is well within the shingle warranty, a repair is probably going to suffice. If your roof is approaching or has exceeded the shingle warranty, your roofing contractor may recommend replacement. Roof replacement may also be recommended if a large portion of your roof has been compromised.

Aesthetics – Even when your roof is within its warranty, there are times when the shingle that was originally used is no longer available. Even if it is available, over time your existing shingles may have faded. In either case, it can be difficult to get a match that will not look ‘patched.’ When that is the case, you might choose a roof replacement over a repair.

Insurance Coverage – In our area, each year we see isolated extreme weather events. In 2018, Mt. Airy, Maryland experienced a small tornado that ripped the roof off of a portion shopping center. The year prior, Ellicott City, Maryland was devastated by severe flooding. When your roof has been damaged by severe weather, your homeowners insurance may cover the damage.

Cost – When the damage to your roof is not covered by insurance, it is up to you to foot the bill. Many roofers offer financing, however not everyone’s situation allows for the expenditure of a new roof, particularly when it is unexpected. If you are in a situation where you cannot afford a new roof, a repair may buy you enough time to save, or at least to find a financing option that works with your budget.

Consulting with a Roofing Contractor

As with any home improvement contractor, it is imperative that you make sure they are licensed, bonded, and insured. Using an unlicensed roofing contractor, or doing a roof repair or replacement yourself does not provide you with a warranty. The lack of a warranty offers you no recourse if your roof becomes compromised. Reputable roofing contractors will offer not only the warranty on the roof shingle, but a limited workmanship warranty as well. When having your roof repair or roof replacement estimated, be sure to ask your contractor about warranties.

In addition to providing warranties, a reputable contractor will not advise roof replacement unless it is necessary. If your roof is well within the shingle warranty, unless there is significant damage, a large portion missing, or leaking, a reputable roofing contractor will likely offer a roof repair vs. a complete roof replacement.

If your home has missing or broken roof shingles, and you would like an assessment, contact us at 1-866-836-ROOF to schedule a no-obligation, free roofing estimate.

 

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Roof Leak Causes and Remedies

Roof Lead Causes and RemediesYou’re getting ready for work. It’s a rainy day – the third day in a row. Your morning is already a bummer on the weather front, buy you’re determined to make it a good day anyway. That’s when you glance up and see it. A wet ceiling. Great. The roof is leaking. Goodbye good day.

Before you dial your roofer, keep in mind that leaks  that are visible on your walls or ceiling aren’t always roof related.

Other Causes of Leaks

Causes other than roof leaks that are visible on walls and ceilings include window leaks, condensation from air conditioning units, clogged gutters and plumbing leaks. If the leak appears on the ceiling of an upper level room and an attic is accessible, you can enter the attic to see if you can find the source. If the leak appears on a lower level ceiling, the culprit is not likely the roof, but perhaps plumbing or condensation. If the leak appears on a wall, check above the area to see if a source of water entry is visible. If none of these are the case, you may well have a roof leak.

Types of Roof Leaks

Roof leaks come from a variety of sources, but always indicate a compromise in seals. Your roof and its parts – ridge venting, exhaust piping, joints, flashing and shingles – all require seals to prevent water from entering the home. The largest ‘seal’ is your roof’s shingles. Broken or missing shingles can allow water to enter underneath. When this happens, over time the plywood that your shingles are attached to can rot, allowing more and more water to enter your attic.

Another seal that your roof is likely to have is flashing. Flashing is used in the joints of your roof – generally when two different roof lines meet. Flashing is placed under shingles to ensure that the joints are sealed. If flashing becomes loose or cracked, water can enter the joints and into your home.

At the first sign of broken or missing shingles or compromised flashing, your local roofer should be called to inspect the issue and recommend either a roof repair or roof replacement.

Other seals that are compromised can be a bit easier to remedy. Your roof likely contains several exhaust pipes. When the seal between your pipe collars and your roof is loose or broken, water can enter your attic via the exhaust pipe. Such is the case with flashing around your chimney.  Often when these are the source of your leak, simply re-sealing them just might do the trick.

There is also one anomaly that happen during heavy rains and windy conditions. The combination of high winds and torrential rain can cause rainwater to be blown through the ridge vent of your roof.  When it’s ‘raining sideways’ it is possible for it defy the laws of gravity and come in through your ridge vent. When this is the case, you may not have anything wrong with you roof at all. You can just blame Mother Nature.

If you discover a leak in your home and suspect something on your roof is to blame, give us a call. We’ll send a roofing expert out to inspect and diagnose the issue.

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Now’s the Time for a Spring Roof Inspection

Wondering what toll the winter took on your roof? Right now is a great time for a spring roof inspection that will tell you just that.

What Happens to Roofs in Winter

Ice Damming
Photo courtesy of The National Weather Service

Rain, snow, ice and wind have an effect on your roof’s asphalt shingles by wearing away at the granules. This is a normal process, however excessive wear is a sign that your shingles may not last much longer. Additionally, a condition called ice damming can cause problems including leaks. Ice damming can occur when snow on a rooftop melts and refreezes. During the process, heat loss from your roof melts snow. When temperatures fall below freezing, ice forms from the melted snow most often at the edge of the roof under the snow. When additional heat loss from the roof melts the ice, the concentration of water that has no place to go can seep under the shingles, and into your home.

What to Look For

Roof Leak Ceiling Damage

An inspection of your home’s attic is a good place to start when looking for signs of damage from ice damming. Look for dark areas, signs of water trails and mold. Check ceilings for signs of paint discoloration, bubbling or peeling paint and sagging.

Outside of your home, check your gutters for an excessive amount of roof shingle granules – a sign that your shingles may not be holding up. Be sure to clean out any build-up of granules and debris in your gutters to help prevent damage from gutter overflow. On your roof, look for loose or missing shingles, or shingles that are curling or buckling, all of which put your roof at risk for leaks.

When to Call a Pro

Ice Damming

If you have concerns about your roof it is best to call a trusted professional roofing contractor to assess whether or not your roof is in need of repair or replacement. Look for a roofing contractor that will provide an honest assessment – one that will tell you how long you have before your roof is at risk, not simply try to sell you a new roof because you asked for an inspection. Check places like Angie’s List and The Better Business Bureau for roofing contractor reviews, and talk to your neighbors to see if they have had any experience with local contractors. While a roof inspection might cost a little, it goes a long way in easing your mind and keeping your home safe and sound.

S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows provides roof inspection services as well as roofing repairs and roof replacements. Contact us today at 866-836-ROOF for your spring roof inspection, or click here to schedule an estimate.

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Best Roofing Contractor Awarded to S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows

#1 Roofing Contractor Carroll County MarylandEach year, the Carroll County times sponsors Carroll’s Best, an awarded given to outstanding businesses in Carroll County, Maryland. Residents are asked to visit the Carroll County Times website and vote for their favorite local businesses. The awards cover businesses large and small, from coffee houses to car care to home services.

This year, S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows was voted #1 in the Best Roofing Contractor category. We are grateful to those who voted, and will continue to work hard to earn this status.

To view all of this year’s winners and honorable mentions, visit the Carroll County Times’ website at: http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/cctnews-carroll-s-best-2015-winners-20150921-story.html

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