Composition Shingle

Jul 11, 2011 | Roofing Denver, Uncategorized

Identifying Composition Shingle Damage

Composition Shingle

As a homeowner, the roof is the most important part of your home.  During the winter, your roof is being hammered by snow and sometimes rain.  In the spring, your roof receives thunderstorms, hail storms and wind storms.  Through the many changes in weather, your roof needs to be check periodically for composition shingle damage. The composition shingle prevents water from leaking into your home and damaging the interior walls of the home. Having damaged composition shingle, may cause your ceilings to leak, mold and mildew in the walls. Damage composition shingle, need to be inspected and replaced immediately.  Within this article, I will discuss some common signs of composition shingle damage.

The best way to inspect composition shingle damage is climbing up a ladder. Homeowner can perform a visibility check by walking around the outside of the home.  When performing a visibility check, homeowners can start looking for missing, cracked or loose composition shingles. If a composition shingle is missing or loose, usually the damage is visible from the ground. Also, when performing a walking visible check, homeowners may want to check for scrapes or gouge on composition shingles. Gouge or scrapes on composition shingle is signs of damage below the surface.  If you see gouge or scrapers, it is time to call a contractor and claims adjustor. Walking on the roof is unsafe with these damages present.  Other composition shingle damage includes:

  • Missing Composition Shingle
  • Hail Damage composition Shingle
  • Brittle composition shingle
  • Tree Damage
  • Minor heat cracks
  • Major heat cracks
  • Curling composition shingle
  • Manufacture defect composition shingle

Perhaps, the best way to check for damage composition shingle is actually climbing on the roof. Some homeowners have a fear of heights or being injured, this is when you call a claims adjustor or contractor.  Claims adjustor or contractors can take a closer look at damages. In some cases, an on the roof inspection may be best to determine the extent of damages.  When on the roof, contractors or claims adjustors can see the extent of the damage composition shingle, seen by the owner from ground level. Many problems cannot be seen from ground level.

As a homeowner, your most valued asset is your home. Just like with any asset, you just cannot trust your home to anyone.  If you do not have the necessary knowledge to repair or inspect your home, then you should leave the inspection and repair to a professional. A homeowner may attempt to repair something in their home and damage their home.  Now, the homeowner has to pay out hundreds or even thousands of dollars repairing damages. So, before you decide to take matters into your own hands, assess your skills with repairing similar damages. In my opinion, if you believe damages to your roof may extend further than surface damage, call a professional contractor or claims adjustor. Climbing on top of the roof to inspect, with extensive surface damage, can be a very dangerous task.