Have you looked up at your roof recently and noticed things aren’t looking like they used to? Perhaps some of the shingles are no longer in the best condition. If that’s the case, now is the right time to get those shingles repaired or replaced before winter rolls in. So, if you’ve noticed wear, now what?
Replace or repair?
The following are warning signs to look out for to know when it’s time for your shingles to be replaced:
- Shingle edges are curled or shingle tabs are cupped
- Broken, cracked or missing shingles
- Buckling shingles
- Bald spots on the shingles where the granules are missing
- Your roof is at least 20 years old; while many shingles today are produced for durability, many factors can accelerate the aging of shingles.
If you notice any of the warning signs above, we recommend contacting a professional roofing contractor to help determine the extent of the damage. An inspection will uncover whether there’s any underlying damage to the roof below the shingles. Your contractor will help you determine whether to replace your shingles entirely or if there’s a possibility for them to be repaired. Asphalt shingles can be patched over the course of their life, but it may be better for the health of your roofing foundation to simply replace the shingles.
Save the install for fall
When you need your shingles replaced, fall is the perfect time of year. After the summer storms and before the winter freezes, autumn offers great weather for roof installation and a chance to get your house ready to face snow, ice and cold temperatures. Be sure to book your roofing contractor in advance, as you may need to allow several weeks of lead time before a crew is sent to your home. Also, many homeowners are catching on to the fact that September through November is the ideal time for replacing your roof, furthering the need to plan ahead. Here are some reasons why fall is the prime season:
- Summer wind and rain takes a toll on your roof, especially when it’s approaching the end of its lifespan. Asphalt shingles normally last about 20 years; wood or laminate up to 50 years; clay tiles 80 years; and slate as long as 100 years. Inspect your roof at summer’s end and take care of any problems promptly. If you need to order a roof repair, you’ll save money by doing it on your own schedule instead of contacting a contractor for an emergency job.
- Fall has the ideal weather conditions for repairing your roof. Roofing is best installed on a clear day when the thermostat is above 45–50 degrees, particularly if you are using asphalt shingles. This allows the shingle seal strips to melt and adhere properly due to ambient warmth, a process known as thermal sealing. There will be better working conditions for your contractor as well.
- Shingles tend to become brittle and more difficult to work with as the air grows colder. It is much easier to break a cold, brittle shingle when fastening it in place, forcing contractors to hand nail shingles rather than using a roofing gun, which makes the job more complicated and slower.
- Another reason to take care of roofing in the autumn is that once winter starts up, any existing holes or leaks will inevitably get worse. Add the weight of heavy snowfall or the buildup of ice dams and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
- Reroofing in autumn saves on heating bills and keeps your family cozy in the winter. If your HVAC system is located in the attic, roof repairs will help it operate effectively.
All the materials you need, under one roof
Boilard Lumber carries shingle lines for GAF Timberline® Architectural Roofing Shingles, North America’s #1 selling shingle, and Tamko Heritage® Laminated Asphalt Shingles. The GAF Timberline dimensional shingles are offered in eight color options: barkwood, hickory, charcoal black, pewter gray, shakewood, foxhollow gray, wethered wood and slate gray. Tamko dimensional shingles come in four color options: weatherwood, old English pewter, Virginia slate and rustic black. Other colors and options are available via special order.
Fortunately, the signs of a problem roof are easy to spot. If you see any of them, it’s time to visit Boilard Lumber.