Roof Repair

What To Do When You Have Broken or Shabby Shingles

What To Do When You Have Broken or Shabby Shingles

What To Do When You Have Broken or Shabby Shingles

One of the most crucial parts of maintaining your home is making sure your roof is intact. A roof protects you and your home from debris, sun damage, and water that can cause extensive structural damage. One sign that your roof may be in need of repair is broken or cracked shingles.

Shingle damage often occurs when your roof has reached the end of its lifespan (typically around 20 years). However, premature shingle issues can also arise throughout the seasons due to inclement weather, excessive sunlight, surrounding trees or shrubbery, or a wide range of other factors.

Damaged shingles can cause critical problems to the life of your roof. To ensure your home stays protected from the elements, it is vital to inspect and remove damaged shingles from your roof system as soon as possible. Here’s where you should start:

**Keep in mind that roofing can be a dangerous job. We recommend consulting with professionals before starting a major project like installing new shingles.

Estimate the Extent of the Deterioration

Before making any repairs, you’ll want to determine how many shingles need replacing by looking for visible signs of damage. Check for curled corners, as this could indicate moisture intrusion into the barrier coatings below.

Depending on the extent of the damage, you may want to remove all of your old shingles and replace them with new ones, so that the entire roof lasts longer. This is a larger job that often requires the help of a professional.

Purchase the Necessary Replacement Materials

If you do decide to tackle the project on your own, you’ll need to purchase replacement shingles. Be sure to match new shingles to your existing roof material and to buy more shingles than you need, just in case you find more issues along the way!  If you are replacing all of your shingles, you may want to consider buying a new material, depending on the weather conditions where you live.

Most shingle replacements also require an adhesive or cement that can hold shingles together and prevent water from seeping through. You’ll also want roofing nails, heavy-duty nails that are usually around 2-3 inches long.

Remove and Replace the Damaged Shingles

First, you’ll want to begin this process in cool weather, as the asphalt sealant will heat up in hot temperatures and become more difficult to remove. Use a flat pry bar to lift the shingle directly above the damaged one, which will expose a row of nails under the sealer strip. Remove the first two nails, then pull upwards gently until all four appear disengaged.

Once you have removed a shingle, place a new one in the same position and reseal under the edges with adhesive. Repeat this process for all damaged shingles.

Safety First!

As you work on your roof, be sure to follow these safety guidelines to protect yourself and avoid injuries:

  1. Always use a harness and tie off when working on a roof. This will help to keep you safe in case of a fall.
  2. Make sure that the surface you are working on is stable and secure before beginning your project. An unsafe surface can lead to a dangerous fall.
  3. Use caution when walking on a roof. Take your time and watch where you are stepping so that you don’t lose your balance or slip. The key here: be patient!
  4. When carrying tools or materials, always use caution and be aware of your surroundings. Make sure that you have a safe place to set them down before starting.

Be sure to prepare for the job ahead by familiarizing yourself with all aspects of shingle installation. Getting the proper tools, attire and safety gear will help ensure efficiency while working on your roof. Above all, having regular maintenance, at least every six months, will help prolong the life of your roof.

Call a Professional

If at any point of the replacement process, you are unsure of where to start, you might want to call a roofing professional who can help you get the job done. Our team of experienced professionals at Roof Evolution are happy to assist you! Schedule a free inspection today.

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Is Winter a Good Time to Replace Your Roof?

Is winter a good time to replace your roof?

Replacing Your Roof During Winter In Colorado

Learn More About Replacing Your Roof During Winter In Colorado

You may be considering repairing or completely replacing your roof right now, either because it suffered extensive damage after a weather event, have lost several tiles, or your roof is so old that it already affects your home’s heating system, but you are feeling doubtful about getting this work done in consideration of that is winter. Despite what people usually believe, there is not only possible to replace your roof during winter in Colorado, but there are several benefits to doing so. 

First of all, you should analyze if your roof does need replacing at this moment or not. For that purpose, you may take in mind some signs that could indicate it’s time for a new roof:

  • Snow is leaking in the attic or on the ceilings inside your home.
  • Damaged or missing shingles.
  • Light shining through the roof sheathing (the boards underneath the shingles).
  • Excessive amounts of moss or algae grow on your roof.
  • Sagging or buckling in the middle of the roof 
  • There are large patches where the wood is visible.
  • You notice an increase in your monthly energy bills.
  • Ice dams (insulation problem)
  • Excessive amounts of snow on the roof (more than a foot)

Snow and ice ❄

The snow removal or de-icing of an asphalt surface needs careful attention with extra equipment, done by a trained team, and under supervision while doing this job. Working on a slippery surface could be risky – especially considering how quickly ice/frost buildup occurs even without any additional moisture entering its environment (from rain). Also, it’s key to make sure that surfaces are clean before starting any projects. That will help the contractors and yourself save time and avoid an accident. 

Which type of roof is the best? 

There are a few types of roofs that can be laid in the winter. The most popular options are metal and asphalt shingles. Metal roofs need to be correctly insulated to prevent ice dams from forming. Asphalt shingles need to be heated so the adhesive will adhere to the roofing paper better. If you’re looking for a winter weather-resistant roof, we’d recommend a metal roof (but that can vary due to your house’s needs). Metal roofs are durable and can withstand high winds and heavy snow loads. They also have a longer lifespan than asphalt shingles. 

Also, during the winter, you can choose flat roofs options such as PVC or TPO. These thermoplastic single-ply products replace older and less efficient adhesives with hot-air welded seams. That provides better durability while preventing leaks in harsh conditions like cold weather.

What is the right temperature? 

When the temperature drops below 40° F, it becomes too cold for roof installation. To ensure that your home warranty is valid and reduce the risk of making a mistake during installation, be sure the temperature is between 70-80 Fahrenheit when replacing or installing the roof. 

Note: If the temperature is below 40 degrees Fahrenheit on rubber roofs will freeze if not sealed correctly before installation. 

The best way to keep your shingle looking good and functioning all year round is by using a sealant that bonds with the metal, rather than just lying on top. A thin layer of thermal-initiated blacktop adhesive will attach itself quickly into any gaps or ridges in between tiles ensuring an even surface for years’ worth more snowfall.  

As you can see, replacing your roof during cold weather could be very challenged, and that’s why you need to count on a specialized contractor to do this job successfully, and there is no need to wait until spring or summertime to fix your roof. Remember, preventative maintenance can save money by helping ensure that only necessary work gets done during cold months rather than having extra costs. 

If you’re looking to get your roof fixed through winter, we can help. Our work is always guaranteed! Call Roof Evolution 720-334-7311 and schedule a free inspection!

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