Your shingle roof is only as strong as its weakest component, so the first thing to do if you want to make sure your roof is as resistant and strong as you expect it to be is to inspect the topmost and most easily assessible layer of your roof: the shingles. Here are a few signs that indicate your shingles might not be as strong as you need them to be:
- Buckling, curling and cupping shingles – these symptoms appear when the edges or the middle of the shingles no longer stick to the layer underneath. Improper adherence makes it possible for water to penetrate into the deeper layers of the roof, causing severe damage, such as leaks and roof sagging. If only a few of your shingles are affected, you can easily replace them with new, healthy shingles, but if the damage is extensive, experienced Fremont roofing contractors may suggest that replacement is a better solution;
- A generally worn appearance – if you can see that your roof is old and weak by simply looking at it from the ground, it might have also lost its strength and its ability to protect your home properly;
- Missing granules – this issue usually appears when the strong winds associated with a storm sweep off the topmost protective layer of the shingles. Missing granules compromise the roof’s ability to withstand weather, especially rain, so you need to replace the damaged components.