Your Dayton, OH area home’s shingle roof may seem simple, but it is actually a complex system of parts, each working with the others to keep your family warm, safe and dry. For example, did you realize that an asphalt-fiberglass shingle is not, in and of itself, waterproof? Evaluating shingle repair needs means looking below the surface.
Standing on the ground trying to diagnose a shingle problem two stories above you is nearly impossible, but a professional roofer knows what to look for and will start on the ground. The first decision is to assess the roof’s overall condition. Is your roof more than 20 years old? Have the shingles faded from ultraviolet exposure? Dark-colored pockmarks can show hail damage. If algae or moss is growing on the roof, moisture is a problem.
A professional roofer will next get up on the roof safely and examine flashing, changes in pitch, and even your home’s gutters. The gutters can reveal granule loss. While that can clog the gutters, it also means you are losing roofing material.
Individual shingles may be loose or damaged, and the contractor can determine how many shingles will need replacing. Do not be surprised if the area suggested for replacement is larger than the damage itself. Shingles must overlap to shed water, so any shingle repair will include a wide area around the damage if it extends beyond one shingle.
The Professional Shingle Roof Repair Process
Neatly and carefully pulling up damaged shingles reveals the rubberized water shield below. If the rolled material is pierced or torn, water can get into the sheathing and cause leaks. A good contractor will assess your home’s sheathing from beneath (within the attic) and from the outside. Wood sheathing can be replaced, new water and ice shield rolled out, and fresh shingles inserted to match the existing courses.
But remember a roof is a system, so the shingle repair work should include inspection of other roofing elements: Flashing, Lead boots, Vents, Drip edge, and Fascia board. It is these almost unseen, little parts of the whole system that make a roof effective against the elements but which are often overlooked by do-it-yourselfers.
After your shingle roof repair is complete, a qualified contractor will also be careful to respect your landscaping, clean up and remove all old construction materials, and leave your Dayton-area home the showpiece you want it to be.