MORE Quick Tips to Identify Roof Issues (Shingles)

Tip-Examine the roof from the ground with binoculars or at the eaves with a ladder if you are not safely able to access or walk on the roof.

  • Debris – Look for debris and anything that could rub on the roof covering like tree branches or electrical wires.
  • Granule Loss – Look for shingles with large amounts of granule loss, holes and tears. The granules protect the asphalt and once the asphalt is exposed it can deteriorate quickly. Holes and tears can allow water infiltration, water damage, wind damage and additional material damage.
  • Exposed Nails – Verify any exposed nails on ridges or in the run are sealed with roof tar to help prevent water infiltration and damage.
  • Algae / Moss – Algae or moss should be removed to help prevent premature deterioration of the materials. Algae and moss usually grow on the north or east sides of the roof and in shaded areas.
  • Layers – Shingled roofs should not have more than two layers of shingles installed. The weight of additional layers could exceed the weight limit of roof framing and cause sags or risk of collapse. Each layer on top of the first will deteriorate more quickly than it would if it was the first layer.

Areas of concern should be evaluated and repaired by a licensed and insured contractor.

Shingles with Excessive Granule Loss
Shingles with Holes and Deterioration
Shingles with Old Hail Damage
Shingles with Old Hail Damage 2
Ridge Shingles with Exposed Nails
Shingles with Exposed Nail
Shingles with Algae
Three Layers of Shingles

If you’re interested in more information or would like to have an inspection – call 309-360-5664 or email and ask for Joe.


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