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Why Do Roof Shingles Blow Off?

Shingle Blow OffsAs roofers, we are often asked why shingles blow off even when there hasn’t been a bad storm or high wind day. There are a few different reasons shingles blow off. Some are obvious, while others…not so much. Let’s explore…

The Obvious – Age

You’ve heard the phrase ‘nothing lasts forever.’ That certainly applies to roofing — most standard shingle roofs have a life expectancy of around 20-25 years. When shingles near their end, they begin to fail. They come loose from their seals and attachments, they crack, and they break. Wind and weather will eventually pry these failing shingles loose and they will blow off. 

When you experience shingle blow offs due to age, it’s time to call a licensed roofing professional. An honest roofer will inspect the roof and let you know if a repair will get you through another few years, or if your roof is in danger of causing more serious damage to your home such as leaks. 

The Not-So-Obvious – Poor Installation, Underlying Roof Issues, and Product Defects

If age is not necessarily the culprit of your shingle blow offs, it could be that your roof was either installed improperly, that there is an issue beneath your shingles, or even that the shingle installed is defective.

Poor Installation

Having a roof installed by someone who is not licensed is risky at best. There are reasons licensing exists – and that is to ensure that installers are trained, and that the consumer is protected. Improper installation can be caused by not using the proper tools, sealing, underlayment, and nails. It can also be caused by not nailing the shingles to the roof in the proper location. If your roof was installed by a professional who may have simply had a bad day, no worries. They will make it right! However, installed by someone unlicensed and you’re on the hook for having it fixed.

Compromised Plywood

If what is beneath your shingles is compromised, it can cause shingles to come loose and blow off. At the base of your roof, there is plywood. As we know, plywood is not impervious to moisture, unless adequately protected. Should that protection become compromised, damage can occur. A common cause of water beneath shingles is the improper or failed sealing of pipes and vents that protrude through your roof. Look atop any home’s roof and you will see several protrusions that are necessary to the home. As with anything that requires sealing, these items should have periodic re-sealing to prevent water damage to plywood.

Product Defects

It doesn’t happen often, but every now and then a shingle manufacturer will produce a product that fails years before its expected end. If the shingle was produced by a reputable manufacturer like CertainTeed, GAF, or EcoStar, there is no need to worry. They will work with you on replacement. Another solid reason to install a highly rated product by a highly rated roofer!

The Surprising – Blow Offs on a Brand New Roof!

On occasion, it is possible for shingles to blow off of a new roof – even one installed by a licensed professional. That is because it can take a few weeks for the seal that is beneath the shingles to set. The seal needs a bit of heat to set, which is usually produced by the sun even when the temps outside are freezing. However, if your new roof is installed when it is cold, if it does not have direct sunlight, and you experience a windy day, blow offs could occur. Here again, hiring a pro is key. Should this happen, rest assured that it will be fixed!

Need Help? Give Us a Call!

If you have experienced shingle blow offs on your home, give us a shout. Our roofing professionals will inspect your roof to see whether a fix or replacement is necessary. Call 1-866-836-ROOF (7663) or complete our online Estimate Request form. 

 

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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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CertainTeed® Honors S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows Inc. as Top Roofing Contractor

MD and Northern VA area pros bring peace of mind and added protection to homeowners

(Malvern, Pa.) – By virtue of its commitment to providing homeowners with top-notch service and extended warranty protection, S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows Inc. (S&K) of Eldersburg, MD and Sterling, VA has been recognized by CertainTeed Corporation as a roofing contractor that homeowners can trust.

“Replacing a roof is a major undertaking,” said Jay Butch, director of contractor programs for CertainTeed. “One of the biggest concerns homeowners have is finding a contractor they have confidence in to do quality work.”

S&K is credentialed as a CertainTeed SELECTTM ShingleMaster, a hard-earned designation that only one percent of all contractors in North America attain—and a credential that shows homeowners that S&K is committed to quality installation, professionalism and ethical business practices.

As a SELECTTM ShingleMaster, S&K is able to offer its customers CertainTeed SureStartTM Plus, the industry’s  most comprehensive extended warranty program. SureStart Plus extends and expands CertainTeed’s standard product warranty coverage in the unlikely event of a manufacturing product defect.

CertainTeed is recognizing the top 20 companies throughout North America for going above and beyond to protect consumers interests. S&K is the number three roofing contractor in North America in usage of these extended warranties for their customers.

“We take great pride in the work our employees do for homeowners throughout Maryland and Northern Virginia,” said Donald Katzenberger, owner of S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows, Inc. “CertainTeed makes it easy with quality products, credential programs and homeowner benefit programs that ultimately help us put the most reliable, best looking roofs on their homes.”

S&K’s roofing practice has brought a rich legacy of professionalism and craftsmanship to the greater Baltimore-area. The company has made it a point to not only offer up incredible service to the community, but also warranties that can help homeowners sleep easier at night.

“S&K is one of those contractors in the country that provide top-notch client service,” said Butch. “They’re exceptional in the industry and should be applauded for their commitment to placing the customer first.”

About S&K Roofing, Siding & Windows Inc.

S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows (www.skroofing.com) is a leading provider of roofing and exterior home improvements throughout Maryland and Northern Virginia. Family-owned and operated since 1980, S&K provides high-quality exterior home workmanship and customer service that is among the best in the industry. Maintenance-free home exterior services include roofing, siding, windows, attic insulation, doors, gutters, sunrooms and decks. With showrooms located in Eldersburg, Maryland, and Sterling, Virginia, S&K services thousands of residential and commercial customers each year.  Contact by phone at: 410-795-4400, by e-mail at: webinfo@skroofing.com, or learn more at www.SKRoofing.com.    MHIC #21080, VA License #2705 105665

About CertainTeed

Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, has helped shape the building products industry for more than 110 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm’s slogan “Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed,” inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed is a leading North American brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, drywall and ceilings.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest and oldest building products companies, CertainTeed has more than 6,300 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. The company had total sales of approximately $3.4 billion in 2016. www.certainteed.com

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S&K Replaces Roof on Outdoor World in Hanover, Maryland

S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows is pleased to have recently completed roof replacement on Outdoor World / Bass Pro Shops in Arundel Mills, Hanover, Maryland. The commercial roofing project took the crew approximately 4 weeks to complete, and included all parts of the shingled roof.

The buildings previous shingle had deteriorated due to Maryland weather conditions, so the Carriage House shingle in Georgian Brick from CertainTeed was chosen to better withstand the elements.

As you will see in the roofing gallery below, the job was a huge undertaking and the crew did a fantastic job. Outdoor World’s leadership team was pleased with not only the roof, but with the crew as well.

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S&K Installs the CertainTeed Integrity Roof System – Superior Roofing Coverage

Your first step to superior roofing coverage is to locate a roofing contractor who is trained to install the top rated roofing products. S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows is a certified Select ShingleMaster roofer, and is proud to offer the CertainTeed Integrity Roof System.

The CertainTeed Integrity Roof System includes the total package – underlayments, shingles, accessories, and ventilation. Features of the Integrity Roof System include strong, protective underlayment, top-notch waterproofing systems, accessory shingles to enhance appearance, shingles in a wide range of customizable styles and colors, and efficient ventilation systems. This winning combination will effectively work together to protect your home for many years to come.

The high-quality products used in the Integrity Roof System provide durability, strength, and longevity. Rest assured that all products produced by CertainTeed are the best the industry has to offer. If you want superior quality and a roof that will stand the test of time – the Integrity Roof System is the superior choice.

Give Your Home the Finest Protection Available – Get Roofing Coverage with SureStart and SureStart Plus
A new roof is an investment in your home’s future. A roof installed with CertainTeed’s SureStart and SureStart Plus guarantee provides full roofing coverage, including the tear-off of your existing roof, labor, and materials. A diverse range of coverage options – 3-, 4- and 5-Star coverage – are available to meet your needs and your budget. All roof systems installed by S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows come with a minimum of 3-Star coverage. However, you may choose to upgrade to 4-Star or 5-Star coverage for a minimal cost.

To learn more about SureStart and SureStart Plus coverage, and to compare 3-, 4- and 5-Star coverage, click here to download the brochure: SureStart Roofing Warranty

CertainTeed’s Integrity Roof System is the only roofing system on the market today that provides you with the security of SureStart and SureStart Plus. Although problems seldom arise, if they do, you will never have to worry about your roof with the coverage provided by SureStart and SureStart Plus. All plans include 100% of the cost to replace or repair defective shingles, as well as labor costs associated with all repair/replacing of shingles. 3-Star Coverage offers lifetime shingles for 20 years, and the 4-Star and 5-Star plans offer lifetime shingles for 50 years. As an added bonus, your coverage is transferable to the first subsequent owner should you sell your home at some point in the future.

Take the Next Step

Are you ready to install your new roof and secure the coverage you need? Contact S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows…Maryland’s Largest Roofing Contractor! Call us today at 1-866-836-7663.

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