Does Your Roof Need Replacing?

Roof Damage?

How to tell if you need to replace or if you can repair your roof:

Curled Shingles

When shingles are no longer useful, the reinforcing mat inside the shingle can contract, which causes the shingle to curl.  If your shingles are
curling and your roof has been recently installed, it could be a manufacturer's defect and would be covered by the manufacturer's warranty. 
(Assuming the manufacturer is a quality company) 

Missing Shingles

Improperly installed, or old shingles may blow off in excessive winds, leaving your roof vulnerable to leaking.  Often times the missing shingles
can be replaced.

Cracked Shingles

Cracks in the shingles generally means a manufacturers defect, and should be covered by the manufacturer's warranty.

Missing Granules

Some granules will come off when the shingle is installed, but as the shingle ages many more protective granules will fall off, revealing the inside of the
shingle.  This indicates that the shingles are near the end of their life, and the roof needs to be replaced. 

Decay in the Valleys

Water accumulates in the valleys as it drains from the roof, and valleys are frequently the first place to start leaking.  These shingles can be replaced,
but if the shingles are more than 15 years old, an expensive repair may not be worth it. 

Drooping in Between Rafters

Generally this is caused by improper ventilation.  Excessive heat and condensation deteriorate the plywood under the shingles, causing the roof to droop
in between the rafters.  Your roof needs to be replaced.

Damaged/Loose Flashing

If the flashing is not installed properly, or has settled differently from the rest of the roof, water may get in behind the flashing and cause leaking. 
Replacing the flashing and the surrounding shingles will fix the problem.  Again, take into consideration the age and condition of the rest of the
roof when deciding whether to repair or replace.

Plumbing and Heater Flu

Since these pipes penetrate the entire roof, often times they are a common area for leaks.  Resealing the flashing and/or replacing the flashings at the
stack will fix the leak.

Damage to Roof from Vegetation

Falling branches, limbs rubbing against the shingles, or leafy vines sitting on shingles for an extended period of time will damage shingles.  Keep your trees
and vines trimmed and away from shingles to prevent this damage.

Ceiling Spots

Of course, water stains on your ceiling indicate a roof leak.

Stains or Peeling Paint on Soffit

These problems are generally caused from ice-damming.  Melting snow re-freezes on overhangs where the roof is cooler, making an ice-dam that blocks
proper drainage.  Water then backs up under the shingles and gets into the roof structure, and eventually the interior walls of the home.  Utah building code
currently requires ice and water shield on the edges of the roof (2 feet in from exterior wall) to protect the roof structure from the backed up water.  If your
roof is older, it may not have the ice and water shield.  Heat cables are an excellent way to prevent ice dams. (Use high quality ones if you want them to last
more than one season).

As tempting as it is to ignore roof leaks, it's not a good idea.  Moisture where it doesn't belong can cause structural damage, damage to paint and
drywall, and dangerous strains of mold that can hurt your family.  If you see signs of leaking, or know your roof is old and possibly needs replacing, call a
professional and find out what you really need. 

Shingle Pro Roofing is happy to come out and do a yearly inspection on your roof and give you honest, expert advice on the condition of your home's
crowning achievement.