Questions and answers about shingle repair

Shingles in Charlotte, NCFrequently asked questions about shingles, tiles and shakes

What are the differences between asphalt, wood, tile and slate roofs?

Asphalt shingles are the most popular. As recently as 2014, asphalt shingles accounted for the biggest share of roofing demand. They usually last about 20 years, but shingle repair will probably be needed at some point.

Wooden shingles, which are most often made of cypress, pine, redwood or western red cedar, last from 30 to 40 years. They resist rot and insects surprisingly well, but they can catch fire. Wooden shingles made from splitting rather than sawing wood are called shakes, and last a lot longer than regular wooden shingles.

Tile lasts even longer than wooden shakes — potentially more than a hundred years. It can be any color you like, is energy-efficient, fire-resistant and weatherproof. Its biggest disadvantage is its weight — don’t switch to tile roofing until you’ve heard from your roofer that your roof is strong enough to support it.

Slate shingles can last for centuries and are completely water-resistant, but can be quite brittle. They’ll stand up to impacts, but not the continuous pressure of a human foot — so don’t try to walk on them.

What sort of things can create a need for shingle repair?

Severe storms, such as hurricanes, are the biggest concern. Constant sun can also overheat the roof, leading to blistering and warping. Wind blowing over the shingles will force open the gaps between them until a loose shingle is torn free. If the gutters of your roof become clogged, rainwater may pool on your roof and cause water damage. Poor attic ventilation can lead to overheating and warp the shingles.

What are some of the signs I need shingle repair?

If you have asphalt shingles, check your roof gutters for whitish sand-like granules. Those are added to the shingle to block ultraviolet light, and if they’re starting to wear off, some of your shingles will soon need replacing.

Why can’t I do the shingle repair myself?

There are several reasons. For one thing, it’s dangerous to walk around up there, especialy if it’s damp. For another thing, if your roof is still under warranty, trying to fix it yourself will void the warranty, because the quality of your shingle repair is likely to be much less than that of a professional roofer.

Shingle repair by Charlotte’s best roofing company

If you need someone to perform shingle repair on your roof, Charlotte and Concord, NC’s best roofing company is Advanced Roofing and Exteriors. They have won the Angie’s List Super Service Award twice and are an Owens Corning preferred contractor and a member of the Home Builders Association of Charlotte. Call today for a free estimate on shingle repair.