If you have recently had some bad weather, or your roof is older and worn, you might notice you have some shingles either missing from your roof or in disrepair. As your roof naturally ages, you might notice the wear on your roof in the form of dented, torn, or ripped shingles. You’ll want to review your roof on a regular basis, and after every storm, and notify your local Austin roofer to come take a professional look as soon as you notice shingle damage of any kind. Here are our tips for what to do when faced with damaged roof shingles.
What To Do when Faced with Damaged Roof Shingles
Schedule a Roof Inspection
Having your roof inspected is the best first step when you think you might have some damaged or missing roofing shingles. A roofing contractor will be able to determine the exact location(s) of any roofing problem areas, and provide you with professional feedback that may extend further than the missing or damaged shingles you can see from your yard.
After your roofing contractor spends some time assessing your roof, they will review their findings and discuss some options with you. The roof inspection might show just a few shingles with damage or missing, but it might also show other areas of your roofing with problems like your facia or the flashing. These can become damaged from things like hail and cause leaks that should be addressed quickly.
Schedule Roof Shingle Repair
When your roof inspection is finished and if it confirms your roof shingles are damaged, torn, or missing, your roofing contractor will point out the troubled roof shingles and discuss options with you. It’s quite possible you will only need to repair the damaged sections you noticed to begin with.
If you have shingles that are missing or badly torn, they can be replaced. If the shingles are only moderately torn or curling, they most likely can be repaired or glued down with specialized roofing compounds or adhesives.
Occasionally, a roof will be damaged more deeply than the top layer of roofing shingles, and the underlayment could be missing or become torn. If any of the wood roof decking below this has become damaged, it, too, will need repair. This type of roof repair might require more equipment or supplies, and need to be covered to prevent more roofing problems until the roof repairs can be attended to.
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