Shingles are the most recognizable type of roofing on the market today. They’re on nearly every residential home and lots of businesses. Just because they’re so common, though, doesn’t mean that everything about them is common knowledge. Here’s what you need to know to stay in tune with your shingle roof.
Expected Lifespan of Shingle Roofing
Depending on the type of shingles you choose, their lifespan could be anywhere from a few decades (traditional 3-tab shingles) to half a century or more (cedar shake shingles). Other types of shingles, such as architectural shingles, have a longer lifespan than 3-tab options, but not as long as that of cedar shake.
Taking Proper Care of Shingles
Proper care and maintenance is an excellent way to ensure that your roof lasts as long as it should. A good maintenance routine includes regular inspections and repair of small problems before they get a chance to grow larger. Consult with a professional roofing contractor about a maintenance plan to keep your shingle roof in good condition.
Preventative Actions for the Homeowner
You can help keep your roof in good shape. Do regular from-the-ground visual inspections and notify your roofer if you notice signs of lifted shingles or other damage. Be proactive in contacting your roofer after severe weather; this can mean the difference between small repairs and major renovations, especially if leaks are present but not yet visible inside the home. It can take a long time for a leak to make its way into a visible area; in the meantime, wood is rotting from moisture, mold is growing in damp areas, and your entire roofing structure could be crumbling.
Common Repairs for Shingle Roofing
There are several repairs that you can expect your shingle roof to need over the years. Lifted or missing shingles, for instance, are fairly common after severe weather. Debris impacting the roof can also necessitate repairs, especially if shingles have been displaced or damaged. Simple exposure to the elements can degrade roofing material if it’s not properly protected, thus making specific sealants and their application a somewhat common roofing repair, as well.
Whether you need a new roof, some repairs completed, or a maintenance plan, contact Go Roof Tune-Up today. Our skilled tradesmen are standing by to help you. At Go Roof Tune-Up, we do it fast, we keep it clean, and we do it right, the very first time.