After a storm, you may notice your roof is looking a bit different. You may also notice entire shingles, or pieces of shingles, in your yard. Wind, hail, and even significant rain can blow the shingles from the roof, exposing the underlayment and possibly even the wood beneath it. When this happens, it’s important to act right away. It’s not always necessary to replace the entire roof after this type of incident, but there are a few things you should know.
Why Shingles Blow Off
When roof shingles are installed, they are layered one slightly on top of another one. This offers ample protection to the wood that’s under them. However, it’s possible for these shingles to become damaged or worn over time. A loose shingle can also allow water or wind to get caught under it, which can lead to the shingle blowing off. High winds are one of the most common causes of shingles blowing off during a storm. In Maine, exposure to high winds and the harsh winters can all work against the longevity of your shingles. The life-expectancy of shingles in Maine is 20 years, but weather, location, and maintenance all play a role on how long your shingles will last.
What You Should Do
Don’t get up on a ladder to inspect your roof. Instead, take a look at your roof from a distance. If the missing shingles reveal any areas with exposed decking or underlayment or portions of the roof that have pooling water, these may be indications that your roof needs to be replaced. If you believe you have missing shingles, contact the experienced team at Horch Roofing. We will come to your home, provide a full inspection, and give you options for repair.
Older Roofs Are A High Risk
If you have a roof that’s older, it’s very likely that shingles will blow off simply because they’ve deteriorated over the years. In most cases, you’ll notice they are thinner and not in good overall condition. Repairs in this instance are not likely to work well and, in some cases, repairs may be very difficult to do. An older roof that is showing wear and loss of shingles usually indicates the need for a new roof.
A Newer Roof That’s Missing Shingles
New roofs – those under 10 years of age – can still have shingles pull off. This can happen if the shingles are not sealed properly, especially immediately after installation. It can also happen with improper nailing. It’s less likely to happen, but when it does, it is possible to simply replace the damaged shingles with new ones. In all cases, however, it is important to have our team take a closer look to see what repair or replacement options we can offer.
You Don’t Have to Guess – Let Horch Roofing Take a Closer Look
If you notice missing shingles, let our professionals provide a full inspection and offer solutions to keep your home protected. Horch Roofing is Midcoast Maine’s largest and most experienced roofing contractor. We provide metal roofing, asphalt shingle roofing, EPDM rubber roofing, and seamless gutters for both residential and commercial roofing projects. We also offer free roof estimates or job estimates. Horch Roofing has been roofing homes on the coast of Maine since 2003. We serve the communities of coastal Maine from our headquarters in Warren. You can call us at (207) 273-1111, visit us at 2414 Camden Road, or contact us online.