Your roof is exposed to all kinds of weather conditions and even animals like squirrels and raccoons. The shingles on your roof will probably have damage at some point, and then replacing or repairing the shingles is necessary. Making repairs early might even delay the need for a roof replacement. Here are some types of shingle damage to look for so you can have roof repairs done in a timely manner.
1. Moss On The Shingles
Moss growing on the shingles is a sign of a moisture problem on your roof and could indicate the need for deck repairs. Moss can also damage shingles by lifting them slightly as the roots burrow in. This allows rain to get under the shingles so the water damage escalates. Call a roofer to remove the moss and make the roof repairs needed due to the moss damage. However, don't confuse moss with algae. Algae usually leaves ugly dark streaks on your roof that can be cleaned off but that don't cause the same type of damage caused by moss.
2. Cracks In Shingles
Cracks might happen if a tree limb or other heavy object impacts your roof. Cracks should be repaired right away because rain will fall through the cracks and cause water to get trapped under the shingles. Your roofer might recommend replacing the shingles that are cracked, but they might try repairing the crack instead by filling it with roofing cement.
3. Crooked Or Missing Shingles
Wind can lift asphalt shingles and pull them off the roof. Wind can also move shingles around so a few of them look crooked. All the shingles should be lined up evenly to keep rain from leaking on the deck. A roofer has to put new shingles on in place of missing ones, but crooked or loose shingles may only need new nails in the old holes to secure them in place.
4. Curling Shingles
If it looks like the shingles on your roof are curling up at the edges, your roof might have a ventilation problem that causes the back of the shingles to get too hot. If the problem is caught early, and only a few shingles are curling, the roofer might be able to save the shingles by pressing them down and holding them in place with roofing cement or adhesive. Your roofer will also want to address the problem with poor attic ventilation so the rest of your shingles don't start curling too.
By watching for shingle damage, you can have damage to your roof repaired before damage spreads. You'll also want to watch for damage to flashing and the soffit and fascia boards as well. Any time you see damage, holes, or missing shingles, have repairs done promptly to get the longest life out of your roof.
For more information, contact a local roof repair service.