As a homeowner, you need to know that your roof’s shingles can be susceptible to blow-offs. They’re unavoidable, but they can be fixed immediately to keep your roof intact. Any delays will only leave your home more vulnerable to more damage, not to mention increase your monthly energy consumption.
It helps to know more about shingle blow-off so that you’ll know what needs to be done when it happens on your roof. Storm damage specialist STARR Roofing & Gutters share their insight.
Common Causes Behind Shingle Blow-Off
If your roof is near the end of its expected lifespan, then it’s more susceptible to shingle blow-off. The adhesive sealing in shingle roofs that are around 15 to 20 years old is usually ineffective in keeping them intact. This means the roofing system is already weak and can be blown off more easily. Having rot beneath your roof can also cause the shingles to become loose over time and blow off. This is because the rot can force the nails to pop out and make the shingles come loose.
But if you recently had a roof replacement and notice that you have missing shingles, then it could be because their adhesive seals weren’t cured well. Professional roof maintenance contractors know that once the shingles are set, they’ll need about four to six weeks for the adhesive to cure properly. But if you think this type of issue is already happening to your new roof, then a more thorough inspection and repair work is recommended to address the issue.
Why Immediate Repairs Are Necessary
If you leave parts of your roof exposed to the natural elements, they’ll infiltrate and cause damage to the inner structure. For instance, water can leak through and cause rot to the wooden parts of your roof, which can stimulate mold growth while also compromising its structural integrity.
While some homeowners replace a few shingles by themselves, we recommend having it done by a professional for better peace of mind. And if several shingles have been blown off after a recent storm, then getting a full replacement may be more cost-effective in the long run.