Shingle blow-off is one of the most severe kinds of damage that can happen to your roof. Gaps in the shingles are not just unsightly, they also leave the roof vulnerable to damage caused by water infiltration. In today’s post, local roofing contractor Innovative Roofing & Siding, Inc. shares an overview of what causes shingle blow-offs and why they need to be fixed sooner rather than later.
What Causes Shingle Blow-Offs?
Asphalt shingles can be blown off the rooftop by wind, but the underlying cause of blow-offs is factors that make the roof vulnerable to wind damage in the first place. The following are some of the most common factors that result in asphalt shingle blow-offs:
Age — Roofs that are past their life spans are more vulnerable to shingle blow-offs. A standard asphalt shingle roof is reinforced by adhesives under the shingle edges. Over time, the adhesives deteriorate and allow gaps that make the edges vulnerable to being lifted by wind. Keeping up with your roofing maintenance can give you a clear idea of when roof replacement is due. If you haven’t been keeping up with roofing maintenance, now is a good time to search online for a “roofer near me”.
Newly-installed roof — The aforementioned reinforcing adhesives on asphalt shingles need time, as well as heat from the sun, to cure completely. If a storm happens to hit the area a few weeks after installation, shingle blow-offs are more likely.
Installation errors — Installation errors that result in shingle blow-offs include incorrect nail placement that result in weakly-fastened shingles.
Can Blown-Off Shingles Be Fixed?
Blown-off shingles on a roof that’s in fairly good condition is repairable by a capable local roofer. However, as described above, a roof that’s well beyond its expected service life may not benefit from repairs; it would be a temporary solution at best. You’ll need to weigh whether you want to proceed with repairs or have your roof replaced.
A good warranty coverage can help ease the costs of fixing shingle blow-offs. A typical roofing warranty would include coverage for wind damage, especially if it’s rated for certain wind speeds. Faulty adhesive seals may also be covered by the said warranty. A workmanship or installation warranty should provide coverage for installation errors. Your roofer might offer a workmanship guarantee in place of a warranty.
Searching for a “roofing company near me”? Call Innovative Roofing & Siding, Inc. at (865) 688-2888. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Knoxville and the surrounding communities.