Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used roofing material. They’re a nice looking, cost effective option for roof replacement. Any type of asphalt shingle can have failures and the failure could be cosmetic, functional, or both. We provide this information to help you make an informed decision about roofing materials.
Signs of defective materials or manufacturing are staining, blistering, cracking, cupping or curling. Make sure you Receive the warranty documentation and keep it in a safe place.
Make sure that warranty registration or other prerequisites have been completed.
High winds and large hail during storms are common causes of shingle damage. Older roofs are most susceptible.
After storms, inspect your roof and repair any loose shingles, or damaged vents.
Improper handling, nailing, and other installation mistakes can cause problems.
Use an experienced, licensed, and insured contractor. Ensure they do proper permitting and all inspections pass.
Keeping the roof free of debris and good attic ventilation will prolong the life of the shingles.
If you have a failure that results in a leak, have the leak fixed as soon as possible. Leaks allow water to penetrate the plywood decking and wood structures that support the roof, resulting in wood rot. The longer to leak goes on, the more damage that takes place. Wood rot can be very expensive to repair.