The Dangers of Damaged Shingles & How You Can Prevent It

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The purpose of shingles goes beyond beautifying the roof of your home, as they play a key role in protecting your house. They prevent rainwater from getting into your roof deck, which is how leaks occur. When shingles become damaged, it can eventually lead to water damage to your home that will be costly to repair. By understanding how shingles become damaged, you can take preventative measures to stop it from happening.

How Damaged Shingles Causes Roof Leaks

If your shingles are damaged and not operating properly, you can have a problem where rainwater gets underneath the shingles. Instead of the shingles letting the rain roll off the roof and info your gutters, water will be trapped on them. The mold will eat through the shingles and get into your home's roof deck, allowing water to eventually get inside your house.

Water causes so much damage when it gets trapped on your roof is because of how the mold attracts algae spores. These spores are what eat through the shingles, letting water get to your roof deck. The spores will consume the asphalt shingle's limestone, which is what leads to fast deterioration.

Once water gets past the shingles, it will eventually cause damage to the inside of your house. You will notice discolored ceiling paint, water bubbling, and cracking prior to when the water finally starts coming through.

How to Maintain Shingles to Prevent Leaking

Your goal should be to prevent water accumulation on your roof, and the best way to do this is with a regular roof inspection. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends two roof inspections a year, in the fall and spring by professionals such as Economy Roofing. This is crucial to ensure that you do not have any shingle damage that can lead to costly repairs.

Cleaning your gutters is just as important, and can be done on your own. When gutters fill up with debris, water can flow back up underneath the shingles and get to your roof deck. Installing gutter guards can prevent the need the clean out the gutters, as they keep dirt and debris out.

Shingles always need to be replaced at the first sign of damage, as a damaged shingle is the easiest way for water to get inside your home. While roof damage can be repaired with professional help, major damage may lead to needing roof replacement. Thankfully, by taking preventative measures, you shouldn't have any problems with water getting into your home.

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31 March 2015

Construction Needs in Times of Disaster

I live in the middle of the desert, so I never thought that flooding would be a problem. However, a few months ago my town was hit with a huge storm. These freak storms are called "Hundred Year Storm" because the chances of them happening are once in a hundred years. Needless to say, no one was prepared for the aftermath--especially not the city sewage system. All this extra water had no where to go, and suddenly, I found my basement flooded. It wasn't a fun experience, but we dealt with it the best we could. Since then, I have spent a lot of time looking into different options for sewage, water lines, and other related things. We're now even looking into building a new house. This blog is the result of my ongoing research.