Three Things Shingles Can Indicate about a Roof

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American Dream Home Improvement sells and installs roofing, siding, and gutters in the Chicago metropolitan area. American Dream Home Improvement helps homeowners evaluate, repair, and replace their roofs, and even offers free estimates.

The state of a home’s shingles can tell you a lot about the roof. The following common problems can help you decide if your roof needs repairing.

Shingles that curl, cup, or buckle signify a problem. Usually, when shingles start to curl, it means they have reached the end of their lifespan and need to be replaced. This is especially common on parts of the roof that are exposed to the most sunlight. While it will never cause the problem by itself, an improperly vented attic can exacerbate this roofing problem.

When shingles lose their granules down the gutter, they are near the end of their life and will require replacement soon. The gritty granules protect the shingles. When they wash away over time, the shingles are more exposed to damage from the elements and will become less effective.

Shingles that come off entirely can signal several different problems. Animals sometimes climb around on roofs and damage shingles. Trimming tree limbs to limit rooftop access can address this problem. Shingles can also come loose in extreme wind when the sealant on their underside has become brittle. In any case, missing shingles must be replaced since the roof relies on their overlapping pattern to keep moisture at bay.


Dry Rot and Wood Rot – How to Protect Your Roof


A family-owned exterior home repair and storm restoration company with operations across the United States, American Dream Home Improvement is an Owens Corning Certified Platinum Preferred Contractor. American Dream Home Improvement offers roofing services such as repair of damage due to dry rot and wood rot.

Among the least pleasant discoveries one might make during a roofing project, roof rot can weaken the structure of the roof and potentially cause damage to other parts of the house. Many different factors can cause roof rot, ranging from high humidity in the attic to inadequate ventilation on the roof itself. Roof rot most commonly occurs in exposed framing, exterior window and door casings, roof framing, and the underside of roof decking.

To prevent roof rot from forming, homeowners can start by clearing their gutters to prevent water from pooling near important roof structures. Homeowners must also take care to install proper ventilation systems in the roof in order to expel water vapor and reduce moisture content. Finally, the chances of roof rot can be reduced by repairing damaged shingles immediately, as well as damaged sealants around vents and chimneys.