Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Know if You Need a New Roof?

Algae Growth

Algae growth causes a dark discoloration on roofs. The algae is usually brown to black in color which results in a streaked, dirty looking rooftop. It can be mistaken for soot, dirt or tree droppings, which typically produce only localized discoloration. It's caused by the growth of air-borne algae which deposits on your roof. The good news is that algae growth does not affect the service life of your roofing material.

Damaged Flashing

CAUSES

•Improper installation on a new roof

•Drying and cracking on an old roof

•Dented by improper nailing

•Settling of the structure

Buckling

CAUSES

•Improperly applied felt

•Wrinkled underlayment

•Roof deck movement

•Spacers not used in between roof deck boards

•Poor roof ventilation

•New shingles applied over old, rough shingles

Curling

CAUSES

•High nails

•Lack of back coating

•Under-saturation of asphalt felt in organic shingles

•Lack of ventilation

•Improper number of fasteners

•Defective shingles

Blistering

CAUSES

•Moisture in the shingle

Missing Shingles

CAUSES

•Improper fastening

•Exposure to high winds

Ceiling Spots

CAUSES

  • Spots are caused by leaks in the roof.

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Check attic for leaks in deck.
  • Check chimney and vents for cracks in flashing.
  • Check rafters for leaks that "travel" away from original source.
  • Check eaves for water backing up from ice dams.
  • Check roof for damaged shingles.

Rotting

•Rotting is caused by absorption of moisture by the mat at the core of the shingle. This is a common problem with organic-based shingles.

Missing Granules

CAUSES

  • Normally a certain number of granules will be loose, especially after application. These granules are called "riders" and are a normal result of the manufacturing process. Granule loss does not affect the service life of the shingles unless granules can be seen missing on the surface of the shingles, thus exposing the asphalt or fiberglass mat.