10 Reasons Why You Need to Contact a Roofer

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People always ask Absolute Construction “How do I know when I need to call a roofer?” So, we’ve come up with a list of the top 10 reasons why to call a roofer. Some of the issues don’t always mean needing a new roof. Sometimes it can be as simple as making a patch or putting in new flashing, but you’ll never know unless you call a professional.

  1. Roof Age – Let’s say your roof’s 20th birthday is approaching. Since it’s kept you warm and sheltered from all the elements, doesn’t it deserve a check-up? Absolute Construction will come out and inspect you roof for FREE. We operate using industry standard estimating software to ensure pricing agreement with your insurance carrier. “An asphalt shingle roof should last between 20 and 30 years,” says Claude McGavic, executive director of The National Association of Home Inspectors. “If you have a 30-year-old roof, there could be a problem — even if it looks good from the ground.”
  2.  Shingles Curling and Buckling –  Curling Or buckling shingles. Shingles that are curled or buckling is one of the first signs that a new roof is needing to be installed. Typically, curling shingles occur due to aging, moisture, and excessive heat. If your shingles look like something is underneath them or pushing them upward, you need to call Absolute Construction right away. You also may have curling shingles, where the center of the shingle looks concave and the edges turn up. Both issues are noticeable from ground level and require the attention of a qualified contractor.
  3. Roof Valleys –  Roof valleys are the V shaped metal channels that run up and down the ‘folds’ of a roof. Valley replacements are fairly common – especially on tiled roofs, because the old valleys used to be galvanized and they start corroding with time especially in the fall when they trap leaves.
  4. Missing Shingles –  With all the high winds that are coming with spring, there is a pretty good chance you could be missing some shingles. Once the underside of the shingles is exposed to the wind, the lifting and tearing force can easily defeat the roofing nails that hold the shingle in place. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need a new roof. A roof patch will probably suffice. 
  5. Chimney Flashing –  A leaky chimney can be a real headache and cause all sorts of problems which require costly repair.  Usually the source of the trouble is faulty flashing. The flashing is sheet metal installed for the purpose of ensuring that the connection between the chimney and roof is watertight, but the effectiveness of flashing eventually expires.  This is something we can usually get you insurance to pay for if we are already replacing your roof.
  6. Shingle Granules in The Gutters – Normal Mineral Granule Loss on a Asphalt Shingle Roof that is 2 or more years old is totally normal and its part of the wear and tear over time. But granule loss on a new asphalt roof is a problem. Loose mineral granules wash down the roof and will appear in gutters and at the ends of downspouts.
  7. Daylight through the roof boards –  If your home has an attic, be sure to check whether you can see any daylight streaming through the roof boards. You should also check to see whether there is any moisture present in the insulation. Knowing when to call in an Absolute Construction contractor can help ensure your home is completely protected from possible leaks.
  8. Cracked Shingles – Asphalt shingle cracks due to thermal splitting & defective product. At Absolute Construction, we work with the best Asphalt shingles on the market.
  9. The Roof Just Looks Old & Worn –  you roof is looking tired give Absolute Construction a call. It may be time to put on a new roof before cracked and missing shingles start happening.
  10. Bald Spots Where Granules Are Missing –  Shingles have a sealant on their underside that helps hold the shingles in place. If the shingles become old and bald, the sealant can fail and the shingles, even when nailed down properly, the shingles can come loose in severe winds. This can also lead to leaks which will cause water damage later.

8 thoughts on “10 Reasons Why You Need to Contact a Roofer

  1. jeff carbine Reply

    It helped me when you said that with all of the high winds that spring brings, there’s a good possibility you’ll be missing a few shingles. My father and I are considering hiring a roofer since the existing roof is old and damaged, and we want to replace it with modern materials. I believe it is a good idea to employ a reputable local expert with knowledge of regional weather patterns to help us figure out how to best secure our property.

  2. Tex Hooper Reply

    I like your tip about how an asphalt roof has a shelf life of 2 years before it starts to wear and tear. I think my roof is on its 6th year. I’ll have to hire someone who has good online reviews to take care of my leaks.

  3. John Carston Reply

    I appreciate that you explained that a new roof needed to be installed once you noticed a curled shingles. My father told me last night that he was planning to have their roof repaired because of leaks and clogging, and he asked me if I have any idea what would be the best option to resolve it. Thanks to this informative article, I’ll be sure to tell him that he can consult trusted roofers as they can help him provide helpful information that will prevent roof problems.

  4. Olivia Smart Reply

    Thank you for explaining that there’s a high chance that you’re missing shingles in the spring. I’ve been wondering how to know when to call a roofer to help with repairs. I’ll have to check out our roof tonight to see if there are any loose or missing shingles since it has been particularly windy lately.

  5. Olivia Smart Reply

    Thank you for explaining that valley replacements are pretty common. I’ve been wondering if this is what our roof needs since it’s not looking that great. I’ll be sure to talk to a roofer and see if my roof can get assessed for any services it might need.

  6. Charlotte Fleet Reply

    Thanks for explaining how you should hire a roofer to patch your roof if it has missing shingles. I have noticed that my next-door neighbor’s roof has a few missing shingles that have fallen into my yard. I will point this out to them and suggest that they hire a professional to repair their roof soon.

  7. Daniel Turner Reply

    Thanks for sharing this article. At times we try to get things fixed by ourselves but it might get messed up and that’s when the condition gets worst. To avoid I think we must contact professionals for the right services and the 10 points you’ve shared are informative and helpful for us.

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