Your roof is supposed to be completely watertight. All the rain, snow, and other precipitation should slide right off the shingles, down into the gutters, and then off and away from your roof and home entirely. If water does manage to get in, it can cause all kinds of damage by warping wood, staining drywall, soaking the insulation, and allowing mold and other infestations to thrive. So if you spot shingles missing from your Akron and Canton, OH roof or lying in the garden, you should find out what’s going on.
Shingles can stand up to decades of punishment even if you get the cheapest variety on the market, but extreme weather can damage a rooftop in a variety of ways.
- Large hailstones can crack and damage shingles to the point that they can’t protect your roof anymore.
- If your shingles are starting to peel or if they weren’t properly sealed in the first place, high wind can catch a shingle from underneath and snap it off your roof.
- High winds and heavy storms can cause debris like tree branches to blow into your roof and cause a significant amount of damage.
- Heavy snowfall can lead to ice dams on your roof. Ice dams trap pools of water along with your roof shingles and can work their way underneath to damage the shingles and soak into the structural supports and insulation.
- Hurricanes and tornadoes can damage rooftops even if the rest of the structure manages to survive.
There isn’t much you can do to prevent severe weather, but you can knock snow off your roof to prevent ice dams and inspect your roof after big storms to spot damage.
Asphalt shingles have a limited lifespan. Other roofing materials like ceramic and metal can last a lot longer, but eventually, they also need replacing. If your Akron and Canton, OH roof starts to reach the end of its expected lifespan, you should start checking it regularly for signs that it’s time to replace it. Asphalt shingles will curl up, crack, and lose their stony top layer as they grow old, so when you see these signs it’s time to replace them.
You should never lose shingles off a newly repaired or replaced roof. If you see missing shingles and it hasn’t been long since the roof went up, then something probably went wrong with the installation and you may be able to get your money back or get your roofer to repair the damage for free. In other cases, a homeowner will install something new in the attic like insulation or drywall, and if something goes wrong with this installation it could damage the shingles outside.
Roof surfaces are supposed to last a long time before they need replacing, and they should work perfectly at keeping the rain and wind out until that replacement time comes. If something is happening to your shingles, then you need to repair or replace your roof right away. So if you see any of these signs on your rooftop in Akron and Canton, OH, contact ACR Contracting right away to set up an initial inspection and get a service quote.