The essentials of shingles

Shingle repair in Charlotte, NCShingles and how bad weather can damage them

Munich Reinsurance America, a major reinsurance corporation (that is, an insurance company that insures other insurance companies) found in a 2014 survey that 63 percent of Americans had either fortified their homes against severe storms or planened to do so in the future. This is a wise precaution in the Charlotte and Concord, NC area.

You should particularly focus on keeping your roof in good shingle repair, especially if you have a shingle roof. According to Angie’s List, roof maintenance becomes more important when your house is in its second decade of use. This means checking your shingles for blistering, buckling or curling. When you check your roof gutters, look for shingle granules, a sign of wear and tear on your roof. Shingles are small and relatively easy to replace, but they are more easily damaged or knocked loose than other forms of roofing, resulting in holes that need to be fixed as soon as possible. Your local residential roofer can give you tips on how to prepare your roof for bad weather.

Asphalt is the most popular kind of shingle. As recently as 2014, they accounted for the biggest share of roofing demand. They last at least 20 years, and can be recycled into road material when they wear out. The most popular asphalt shingle is the 3-tab. Then there are slate shingle, whichs are dense, long-lasting and completely water-resistant. Wooden shingles last 30 to 40 years, resisting rot and insects. Synthetic shingles can look like any of the above, and often cost less.

A lot of things can damage the shingles on your roof. The most obvious, of course, is storm damage from hurricanes and hail. More often, damage is due to a combination of factors. Constant sunlight can overheat the roof, leading to blistering and warping of individual shingles. Wind blowing over the surface of the roof will force the gaps between them to open wider until a loose or warped shingle is torn free. If the gutters of your roof become clogged by leaves or snow, rainwater may pool on your roof, resulting in water damage. Even a flaw in attic ventilation can lead to overheating in the summer, which, again, can warp the shingles.

Shingle repair by Charlotte’s best roofing company

Charlotte and Concord, NC’s best roofing company is Advanced Roofing and Exteriors. They have won the Angie’s List Super Service Award twice. This family-owned company is also an Owens Corning preferred contractor and a member of the Home Builders Association of Charlotte. Their experts can shingle repair your roof and tell you how to keep it in shingle repair. They will bring the new shingles and other materials themselves. Call today for a free estimate.