How to know when you need a new roof or repairs.

The roof is the most important component of your home. A leaky, worn-out roof risks all that is under it. Let our professional crew help you to protect your home.

 

There are some signs that you need to replace your roof are obvious, like water leaking through multiple places in your ceiling! Other signs are not as clear and require a more thorough inspection to diagnose. Here are some definite warning signs that you may need a new roof, or some serious roof repairs!

 

Curling and cupping shingles

cupping shingles

Shingle curling is very common problem on a roof. The typical causes include: improper shingle storage prior to installation, incorrect installation, excessively dry asphalt shingle bases, poor quality materials, and also natural wear and tear. When shingles curl, they are no longer able to serve their primary function of preventing water from seeping through the roof, which over time could cause serious structural water damage and wood rot.

 

Poor Workmanship

Unfortunately not all contractors produce work that is up to the same standards as Nor’easter Roofing. Poor craftsmanship may not show immediately, but down the road the problems can become quite apparent, and an incorrect roof installation can drastically reduce the lifespan of a roof system. Signs of poor-quality workmanship include obvious and excessive patching on the roof or shingles that fit together awkwardly. Multiple layers of shingles also signal that corners were cut in a previous roof job, and can actually cause damage to the roofs entire integrity.

 

Missing Shingles

In order for shingles to protect your roof completely, they must all be intact. Missing shingles create openings that can allow water to seep into the woodwork and cause structural damage. Missing shingles must be replaced as soon as possible to prevent future damage.

 

Decaying Shingles

decaying shingles

All roofing materials will eventually deteriorate. Often, shingles on a roof will not all go bad at once. Deteriorating shingles are actually fairly easy to notice. Look for any splitting, cracking, chipping, peeling, curling, or blistering and replace the affected shingles as necessary.

 

 

 

Damaged Flashing

Flashing is a layer of metal sheeting, usually made from copper, tin, or aluminum, installed at an angle or joint in your roof, which prevents water from breaching the roof. The most common place to find flashing is around your chimney or sewer vent pipe.

damaged roof flashing

Flashing can be damaged by natural forces like wind, snow, ice, hail, or falling tree branches. Incorrect installation as with any other part of the roof, can create problems with the flashing. To ensure optimal protection for your roof, it is important to properly repair any damaged flashing; it is not recommended that you use caulking to stick the flashing back to the roof. If you are unsure whether your flashing is in proper condition, give us a call to make sure it is not a weak point on your roof.

 

Rotting Shingles and Wood Work

Although rotting can often be an obvious thing to see, there are times when the rotting is on a section of the roof that is not visible to you. Rot is most common in wooden shingles, but can also occur in the asphalt variety. If the shingle absorbs excessive moisture over time, rot can result. The wet spring time and humid summers in Massachusetts are the type of conditions that can cause rotting shingles and woodwork.

 

 

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