Shingles are designed to protect the roof from the local weather conditions. But if they are blown off, it can lead to leaks, water damage, and even structural issues. Shingle blow-offs can be a common issue, especially after a high wind event or severe storm. In this blog post, our roof repair and replacement team discusses how you can deal with this issue to prevent future roof damage.
What Is a Shingle Blow-Off?
A shingle blow-off is a common roofing problem where individual shingles become detached from the roof surface due to strong winds or other external factors. If left unrepaired, this can expose the underlying roof structure, resulting in leaks and other damage. Scheduling regular roof inspections helps to catch these problems before they become much worse.
Causes of Shingle Blow-Offs
Shingle blow-offs are usually caused by strong winds or turbulent weather. However, many other factors can contribute to this problem as well. Old shingles that have exceeded their service life may become more vulnerable to blow-offs. Poorly installed roofs can also be susceptible to shingle blow-off due to inadequate sealing or loose nails. Additionally, damaged flashing around chimneys and other areas near the roofline may allow for wind currents underneath the shingles and cause them to come loose during storms.
Repairing Shingle Blow-Offs
Repairing shingle blow-offs as soon as possible is crucial before even more damage occurs. Secure loose nails if the sealant around them is still intact. Re-nailing and/or replacing weather-damaged shingles are also necessary. Professional contractors can also assess any underlying issues with the roof and provide a roof estimate and other recommendations. They can easily identify even minor issues and make repairs where necessary or recommend a total roof replacement in more extreme cases.
Prevention of Shingle Blow-Offs
Fortunately, there are steps that home and business owners can take to prevent roof shingle blow-offs. Regular roof inspections for signs of damage or wear are essential to keeping your roof intact in the face of inclement weather. Damaged seals around the flashing should be repaired immediately with proper caulk and/or sealant. Reaching out to a professional roofer at least once a year to conduct an inspection and perform repairs can also help ensure that your shingles stay in place during windy weather.
If you need a professional roofing contractor in New Bedford, MA, and other surrounding areas, LePage and Sons Roofing LLC is the name to call. You can count on our team of experienced roofers to ensure your asphalt shingle roof can withstand the elements for a long time. Give us a call at (508) 295-6483, or reach us online to request an estimate.