Asphalt shingles can get blown off the roof during extreme weather conditions, like during unusually heavy storms. You can’t stop high speed winds from hitting your roof, but there are some things that you can do to prevent asphalt shingles getting blown off the roof, or at least mitigate its effects. In today’s post, roof replacement company Gresham Roofing and Construction discusses how to best handle asphalt shingle blow-offs.
What Causes Asphalt Shingle Blow-Offs?
While high-speed winds are the force that blows asphalt shingles off the rooftop, its underlying cause is poor installation. This takes roofing age out of the equation, because even new roofs can be vulnerable to it.
The most common installation mistake that leads to asphalt shingle blow-offs is the use of incorrect fastener patterns. Fasteners, or roofing nails, need to be installed in a specific pattern as specified by the manufacturer. Incorrect fastener placement creates weak spots that allow wind purchase on the shingles, eventually tearing them off during high-stress conditions.
How to Prevent Asphalt Shingle Blow-Offs
Blown-off shingles can be fixed by a good roof repair contractor. If proven to be caused by poor workmanship, the repair costs may be covered by your roofer if it’s still within the coverage period. Some roofing manufacturers provide warranty repair coverage for complete roofing systems, depending on the roof’s wind ratings. Homeowners’ insurance is yet another avenue if other options are not available.
Of course, the ideal situation is when you don’t have to deal with any of this. If you are planning on getting a new roof, make sure that you are working with a reputable roofer. They’re less likely to commit installation mistakes, thanks to years of experience and training. Ask them about workmanship warranties. Also, consider investing in a roof with high wind ratings.
For roofs that are still within their expected service life, make sure that you are keeping up with scheduled maintenance and inspections. If you spot signs like displaced or missing components, schedule an appointment for roof repairs. The sooner such issues are fixed by a roofer, the fewer repairs will have to be done, and therefore will have a lower corresponding cost.
If you need help from a roofing professional, give Gresham Roofing and Construction a call at (503) 492-7663. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. Ask us about our emergency roof service.