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Shingle Roofs

 Roofing and roof repair shingle roofs in St. Petersburg. Even a minor leak can cause rot in wood, corrosion of drywall and encourage the growth of molds. This is why a shingling job must be done correctly. The good news is, once done, asphalt shingles will last 15 to 20 years, so you won't have to do the job again for a long time. Replacing a roof is something that has to be done periodically, and is seldom done because of an obvious leak. More commonly, the shingles have dried out and become cracked, brittle and deteriorated to the point where the roof remains saturated under the roof shingles, causing slow decay rather than an obvious stick-the-bucket-under-it leak.

 A brand new roof provides the opportunity for secure sealing, the latest in underlayment materials and flashing, and a longer guarantee of material integrity for a lifespan of 20 years or more. Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used roofing material in Florida mainly because they are economical and versatile, work well on all roofs, are sunlight and weather resistant, require little-to-no maintenance and are reasonably priced. In addition, asphalt shingles are also easy to cut, fasten, and fit, as well as being compatible with many different kinds of flashing and edging products. Furthermore, they don't require specialized accessories for roof edges, wall terminations, and chimney or vent flashing's.

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Warning Signs:  How To Know if Your Shingle Roof Needs to be Replaced or Repaired

✔ Curling Shingles

  Curling or clawing shingles are a sign of both an aging roof system and excessive heat. Curled or clawing shingles are highly susceptible to wind uplift and ice damage. Shingles will become rigid and can break easily and lose tab edges.

✔ Bare Spots Missing Shingles

  Poorly placed downspouts, lack of eavestrough, or poorly designed valley drainage on a second story can cause a waterfall effect that washes away granules over time. Aging of a roof system or physical damage can also cause bare spots and a loss of granules. When the protective granules of a shingle are lost the shingle begins to harden from heat and sun exposure. Granule loss on a roof system will accelerate aging and shingle decay and can become an entry point for water.

✔ Broken Damaged Shingles

  Broken and missing singles greatly weaken a roof system’s ability to shed water and can be an entry point of water. Two common causes of damaged shingles are excessive wind and physical damage.

✔ Buckling Shingles Roof

  Buckling shingles are visible waved distortions that usually run vertically up a roof slope. Buckled shingles are highly susceptible to wind and ice damage and can be torn off easily. Overall roof age and wet or poorly installed underlayment are common causes of buckling shingles.

✔ Damaged Flashing

  Flashing located around skylights, valleys, eaves, rakes, wall details, stacks, and chimneys are all subject to separation, lifting, and dried out caulking. The flashing details can lift and separate due to general expansion and contraction. Expansion and contraction will cause fasteners to become loose and the bottom-flashing flange to lift thus allowing water to enter.

  If you notice any of the signs noted above you may need to have your roof repaired or replaced by a certified roofing contractor. A roof leak is not always apparent immediately on the inside of a home; it can damage insulation and deck sheathing causing replacement costs to grow. Call a professional roofing contractor before your problems grow.
 
 A home’s shingles are the utmost section of the roofing system, it is extremely important that they are in top shape.  If you notice that your homes shingles are cracked, broken, discolored or completely missing, you should contact a roofing contractor as soon as possible.
 Shingles come in a large variety of materials.  Each can give your home a very different look.  Asphalt shingles are by far the most popular. Asphalt shingles can also have designs made on them to create just about any style for your home’s roof.