What You Need to Know About Shingle Blow-off

After going through harsh weather conditions, it’s important that you check your roof for any damage, such as having your shingles blown off in the wind. If you have an asphalt shingle roof, this is an issue you might come across often. If it’s not repaired as soon as possible, it might cause far more severe problems down the road.  

In this article, Wortham Bros, one of the leading reputable roofing companies, gives an overview of what you need to know when it comes to a shingle blow-off. 

What Causes Shingle to Blow Off?

Before anything else, you should know what causes shingles to fail and eventually blow off. One way for shingles to break down is improper installation. If the nails are placed too high up on the shingle rather than across the nailing strip, this provides less than adequate holding power as the shingle can be easily ripped from the nails. 

The age of your roof can also be a major factor. The average lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof is 10 to 15 years, depending on the quality of the materials and exposure to the elements. Usually, an aging roof might suffer when the adhesive seals can no longer hold the shingles. As such, they may be blown off by the wind over time. 

If your roofing is fairly new, the seal strips may not have had the chance to properly settle yet. This typically takes about four to six weeks, depending on the climate, sun exposure, and shingle quality. Fortunately, most contractors will replace shingles that have blown off a newly installed roof for free. For this reason, you should be able to determine whether the damage is due to the sealing or if the shingles were improperly installed. 

Should You Repair or Replace Your Roof?

When managing your roof damage, you have two choices: repair or replace your roof. Repairing your roof is the most affordable and quickest option. The damaged shingles can be removed, and new ones can be immediately replaced. You can also avoid the mess you might face with a full roof tear-off. However, a roof repair might only be a short-lived solution.

If you think your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan, a simple repair might not be enough. While this choice is more costly, your roofer might suggest a roof replacement to ensure that your home is well-protected and secure. In addition, you can also choose new roof colors and materials that can improve the appearance of your home. 

Whether you choose a roof repair or replacement, be sure to consult a professional about it. Get in touch with the experts in Wortham Bros. Call us today at (972) 960-3135 or fill out our contact form to set an appointment. We offer services in Dallas and McKinney.