Don't Wait For Missing Shingles To Call A Roofer

Posted on: 26 May 2021

So often, homeowners assume that if their roof's shingles are all still present, there's no need to call a roofer. Sometimes this might be the case. However, there are other times when roofs do suffer damage without shingles going missing.

Here are some signs, other than missing shingles, which indicate the need for roofing repairs.

Curling or Cracked Shingles

The shingles may still be in place, but if they are curling up or cracking, then they should be removed and replaced. A curling or cracking shingle cannot do its job properly. Shingles are meant to keep water from seeping through the roof, but it's very easy for water to seep through a crack or work its way under a curling shingle. It can take years for a curling shingle to completely come off the roof, and in the meantime, it could be allowing for lots of water damage. So, you really want to replace these damaged shingles sooner rather than later.

Dark or Wet-Looking Shingles

When you look at your shingles, do any of them appear to be wet or shiny? This generally means that the granules have worn off the surface of the shingle. This is not an emergency. You can wait a few weeks to have the roof fixed if you need to. You don't, however, want to wait much longer than that. A shingle without granules will not shed water the way it should. It will soon deteriorate to the point that it lets water through, and you really want to replace it before that happens.

Popped-Up Nails

When you look across the roof, do you see some pimple-like bumps? These are probably nails that have popped up in the bottom layer of the shingles. As they do pop up, they lift the shingle that is over top of them. This creates the potential for leaks. Not only can water seep under the lifting shingle, but it can seep in around the lifted nail. A roofer can come pound those nails back down and secure them with roofing cement so you don't end up with any more water damage.

If you always wait for missing shingles to call a roofer, you may end up dealing with more roof damage in the long term. Don't hesitate to call if you notice any of the problems above.

If you just have some questions about the roofing repair process, reach out to a roofer near you.