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What Causes Shingles to Blow Off?

What Causes Shingles to Blow Off? roofing austin texasAsphalt shingles are the leading choice for Texas roofing, but not all asphalt shingles are created equal. Asphalt shingles come in different types that are priced differently for a variety of reasons. High-quality shingles will last longer and have fewer problems during their lifetime. However, it is also an essential aspect to consider the wind-resistance rating that meets or exceeds the rating for your area. Unfortunately, even if you select high-quality shingles with the proper rating, you could still have shingles blow off your roof. Here are some questions that could help you determine the reason for this problem.

Who Installed Your Asphalt Shingles?

Even the best shingles will not perform well if they are not installed correctly. Not all roofing companies are equal when it comes to skill, training, integrity, and knowledge. For a roof replacement and all other roofing services needed, choose a reputable, experienced, and licensed roof contractor.

Premature damage to your shingles will result from incorrect installation. Shingles need to be installed precisely as recommended by the manufacturer. There is a narrow area on each shingle that should be used to nail the shingle to the deck of the roof. If nails are placed above or below this area, the installation will be compromised. Each shingle requires a minimum number of nails that must be placed at the proper angle and depth, and staples should never be used to install shingles. Improper installation of the nails can also affect the integrity of the adhesive strip that seals the shingles together. The adhesive strip also needs to be clean when the shingles are installed to ensure proper bonding. It is best to install asphalt shingles when temperatures are high enough to soften the adhesive material and create the bonding.

How Old Is Your Roof?

As asphalt shingles age, they will lose their flexibility. Constant exposure to the sun and the elements will dry out the shingles. The granules on top of the shingles will gradually come loose and end up in the gutters or on the ground. These granules give the shingles their desired color, but they also protect the shingle from the sun’s damaging UV rays.

Asphalt shingles have a strip of adhesive on them that is applied during the manufacturing process. The adhesive strip allows each shingle to adhere to the shingle above it. Over time, adhesion may be lost, and the shingle will be more likely to lift when exposed to high winds. Older shingles that have become brittle are much more likely to break if the wind lifts them away from the roof. Any loss of shingles should be reported to your roof contractor for immediate attention.

Is Your Roof Being Properly Maintained?

Most of the cost of a new roof is the labor to install it. Choosing a high-quality shingle may not change the overall cost of the job as much as you might expect. Once your roof is professionally installed, it will need to be maintained to ensure that it will protect your home correctly for as long as possible. Properly maintaining a roof over its lifetime will be less expensive than having to have a new roof installed prematurely because of the lack of preventive maintenance. Most reputable roofing contractors will provide you with a free roofing inspection. Periodic roof inspections will catch small problems before they become larger ones.

Does Alpha Roofing Install Asphalt Shingles?

Alpha Roofing, a leading Texas roofing company, installs asphalt shingles, metal roofs, flashing, skylights,and flat roofs. We also repair roofs, chimneys, and flashing, and we offer roofing preventive maintenance programs, moss removal services, roof inspections, and metal fabrication. We have a reputation for providing superior craftsmanship and unparalleled customer service at affordable prices. To schedule your free roof inspection or request a free quote, call 512-777-1086 or use our online form to send us your information.