With hurricane season in full swing, it seems like every week there is some new threat to the coast. One of the beauties of living in the Charleston area is going to the beach at a moment’s notice, but that also means that we have to endure the threat of the heavy storms that can come from a hurricane and other windy conditions. As we near the end of yet another season, how well is your roof faring? These are signs that it might not make it another year!
Missing or Broken Shingles
Although they’re often hard to see from the ground, if you notice any missing or broken shingles (either hanging on or on the ground), that’s a sign it’s time to call a roof repair company. One shingle might not be enough to warrant a new roof, but if it is multiple shingles or the damage is extensive enough, then it might be time to consider a new roof installation. Sometimes a roof repair is nothing more than throwing good money after bad!
An Aging Roof
When you purchased your roof installation, the roofing material came with a specified “lifespan” that can be anywhere from 15 to 50 years, depending on the material and the manufacturer. If you already know that your roof is nearing the end of its lifecycle, then it might be a good idea to be proactive about replacement versus repair. In any case, the only way to know what type of shape your roof is in is to have it inspected!
Wind or Storm Damage
Your homeowner’s insurance is there to protect you if something happens. If wind, hail, or big storms come through the area, it is always a good idea to have your roof inspected. Whether the roof is ten years old or you’ve only had it two months, catching the damage before it becomes extensive is important. And if you can link it to a natural event like weather or wind, then it might be covered under your policy. You will need a professional to document the damage and prove that it is related to a specific event, so time does matter!
Granules in the Gutters
Maintaining your roof is just as important as making sure your gutters are in good working order. If you notice any roofing granules in your gutters, that might be a sign that your roofing material is beginning to degrade. Over time, loss of the surface of your roofing material can lead to your shingles loss of water-resistance. This can then lead to water damage. Parts or pieces and shingle particles are a sign that maybe your roof isn’t in good enough condition to make it another whole season.
Hurricanes are just a part of living in the South, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be scary and do a lot of damage. With hurricane season in full swing, now might be a good time to consider whether your roof is healthy enough to make it through another winter, spring, and summer season. At Pioneer Roofing, we handle roof repair in Charleston, SC, and believe in integrity and honesty. Contact us to evaluate your roof – you can trust our expert opinions!