The 3 Major Signs of Shingle Damage

Bruised Shingles

Functional hail damage to asphalt shingle roofs is characterized by a localized loss of granules, usually circular in shape, and a fracture in the mat. … Industry studies have shown that softness in the mat, commonly called a bruise, is indicative of a fracture on the bottom side of the shingle or in the mat. For homeowners in the Dallas area, hailstorms are just an expected occurrence which is what causes the shingle bruising. It’s important that you get an inspection done right away after a hailstorm, because homeowners insurance policies will often cover damage related to hail, but the longer you wait to inspect and report it, the less likely they will be able to cover it.

Missing Shingles

A bad storm rolls through and causes tree branches to fall down, knocks garbage cans over, and tears some shingles off your roof. We all know that missing shingles are unsightly, but how do they cause leaks? After all, just because one shingle is missing doesn’t mean the roof is open, does it?

Actually, the truth is that if only one shingle or one shingle tab is missing, your roof may be okay for a little while. Felt paper is installed under the shingles for the purpose of keeping water out in case of a shingle failure. However, felt paper weathers quickly and is not completely waterproof. Eventually, it will age and deteriorate, causing a leak. The felt paper only gives you a little bit of time to have the shingles replaced.

Fortunately, this problem is usually pretty easy to spot with a quick inspection because you will see the area of your roof that has shingles missing. You can also check around your yard for shingle segments if you suspect that the wind might have damaged your roof.

Curling, Blistering, or Buckling Shingles

Extreme heat temperatures can also present potential danger to your roofing in Dallas, and if you miss the signs of the damage it could become a problem with a roof leak sooner than later.

  • Blistering. Most often a sign that moisture has built up inside the shingle, blistering shingles show signs of bubble or blisters on their surface. Blistering can be a natural aging process for roofs, but it’s also an indication that the attic isn’t properly ventilated, or that leaf and debris has built up on the roof. In regions of the country where exposure to the sun is high, blistering is also common.
  • Curling. Unfortunately, curling is a common problem in roofs. Easy to spot since curling shingles disrupts the uniform look of the roof, the cause is often improper storage of the shingles prior to installation. Alternatively, some additional causes of curling include improper installation, a very dry asphalt base, poor quality shingles and natural wear and tear. The problem with curling shingles is that they leave the structure underneath exposed to the elements, making the structure vulnerable to water damage.
  • Buckling. Similar to curling shingles, buckling shingles are caused by many of the same problems, such as poor ventilation and installation. However, shingles that buckle may also appear due to poor fastening during installation, using nails that are too long, or poor back coating.

6 Issues to be aware of with flat roofs

February 13, 2018

Keeping up with the regular maintenance of your commercial flat roof is essential for the amount of time the roof will last. There are a number of problems that can occur on your flat roof over time and it is important to know how to spot the issues and know when to seek repair from your local flat roof contractor. When seeking quality flat roof repair, you will need to confirm that your Absolute contractor is up to date with the new codes, is licensed, and respected. With Absolute Construction, you can count on us. Just as our name implies, you can rest assured that you will be given the best roofing job in the Dallas area and you have the option to be serviced with the following roofing repairs for issues like:

Ponding water

Do you have Ponding Water & HVAC Units: Is There a Connection? If you’ve got one or more HVAC units sitting atop your flat commercial roof, there’s a good chance you’ve also got ponding issues. Every owner of a building with a flat roof is familiar with the problem of ponding — water accumulating in low spots on flat roofs. What you may not know, however, is that your HVAC unit may actually be contributing to the problem. Contact Absolute Construction and we will send one of our guys out for FREE to make sure this isn’t an issue.

Flashing seams / missing nails

Flashing refers to the materials used in joints on the roof or walls of your home. Its job is to prevent water from seeping in and causing damage to the home’s walls and ceilings, causing structural damage to the home, or creating moisture and mold problems throughout the home.

On the roof flashing is found anywhere there is an elevation transitions in a roof line. This includes valleys, around chimneys and pipes, around dormers, and around any skylights or other structures that come up through the roof. Flashing is also commonly found beneath the first course of bricks on a home or chimney, above all wood trim around doors and windows, and where stairs and decks attach to the home.

Corrosion areas on metal surfaces

To better understand a corroding roof, let’s start with how metal roofs are actually made and the benefits of having a corrugated metal roof. Sheets of flat steel are fed from a roll onto a metal forming machine. The sheets are flattened, then formed and vary in size depending on the roof sheet specification. They are then cut to set lengths by guillotine and treated at each end. The cut ends or cut edges are a weak point that will require maintenance throughout the lifespan of the roof.

SPF roof air/moisture pockets

If you’re asking the question ‘What is Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing’ you are likely new to commercial roofing or looking to replace/repair your roof.

Either way, we can help.

Spray Polyurethane Foam, more commonly referred to as SPF, is a material that is sprayed as a liquid so it can expand into a foam, creating a solid layer across an existing roof. While SPF roofing is not the most known type of roofing material, the technology has been around since the early 1960s for industrial, commercial, and residential facilities. An SPF roofing system can be used in any climate, and when properly installed and maintained, can last over 50 years.

Damaged surfaces

Puddles that have collected in various places is a symptom of an initial improper installation, and can lead to a leaky roof. Metal that appears to be rusty has corroded, telling you that in that area the roof has lost its protective sealant. If your flat roof has missing pieces of flashing and is also missing nails, this could be a sign of serious damage caused by prolonged exposure and strong winds. This can cause more problems involving a loss of protection in the future, and should be assessed as soon as possible before these common problems turn into a nightmare! With cracks, tears, and especially missing essential roofing pieces, leaks are bound to happen sooner than later.

Sometimes the damage that has occurred can leave you feeling indecisive and wondering what to do concerning your roofs condition. Repairing and maintaining can increase the lifespan of your roof, but if the roof has not been maintained properly, and the damage is well beyond normal, replacing the flat roof on your commercial building may be your best bet. The only way to be certain is to schedule a FREE inspection with Absolute Construction.