Asphalt shingles remain one of the top roofing choices for many homeowners. It’s consistently the number one roof replacement choice, having surpassed wood. Despite its longer life span and respectable durability, asphalt will still sustain damage and it’s important to watch out for the following:
Brightside Exteriors discusses the most common problems asphalt shingles sustain and how to spot them.
This is a common problem that’s caused by moisture seeping into the roof sheathing or felt paper. The moisture causes it to expand, which forces the shingles on top to buckle upwards. It can also be a sign that the sheathing itself was installed too tightly and can’t expand and contract naturally.
Buckling shingles will require roof repair, although you will have to remove the shingles first so that you can patch up the sheathing underneath.
Asphalt shingles have a layer of rock granules that serve as its main weatherproofing. These are shed over time as the shingles get older and is a good way to tell how old the roof is. Once you see dark spots on the roof, though, it means the majority or all of the granules have been shed and might have ended up in the gutters already. You will need to replace the shingles themselves as they will no longer be able to resist the ravages of weather.
The flashings are the tar-reinforced metal strips found on the weakest parts of the roof, such as the valleys and gaps. Their main role is to prevent water from entering these vulnerable parts. Unfortunately, they are one of the first parts of the roof to get worn down by the very thing they guard against.
Flashings that are starting to lift, separate, or show signs of damage should be repaired. For flashing that’s missing its caulking, they need to be replaced as soon as possible.
As one of the top roofing companies, Brightside Exteriors will make sure your roof will remain in good condition throughout the year. Call us today at (302) 724-4342 to learn more about our services. We offer roof repair and replacement services in Lewes and other parts of Delaware.