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10 of the toughest roofing questions, answered Part 1

Posted on: November 22, 2017

Many homeowners often find themselves overwhelmed when it comes to dealing with roofing-related issues, and it’s usually due to their inexperience and a lack of familiarity with the topic. But just because you may be unfamiliar with roofing problems doesn’t mean that you should have to stay in the dark and let your roof suffer as a result! To help you find answers to some of your toughest roofing questions, we have put together a simple list of answers here:

1. If my roof has minor damage or small leaks that I think I can handle repairing myself, should I consider the DIY approach to my issue?

While it may at first be tempting to consider a do-it-yourself repair with what appears to be just a small leak in your roof, it is always best to hire a trained roofer for a situation like this especially since the process of repairing a roof leak involves lifting up and inspecting the shingles surrounding the damaged area, a task that best calls for a professional if you want to avoid any potential long-term damage.

2. What are those black mold-like stains on the shingles and how can I clean them off?

These stains may look like mold but they are actually colonies of algae that have fed off moisture and grown in the shingles. The problem with algae colonies is that as the algae eats into the limestone filler agents in the shingles, it digs into and breaks down the light-reflecting granules in the roof; this eventually starts the process of roof damage.

Things to remember when cleaning the stains off your roof:

• Do not use bleach and/or a pressure washer to remove the stains, as the pressure washer can damage the shingles and the bleach creates a potentially toxic runoff to your garden; instead use a noncorrosive and nontoxic roof cleaning solution which has been properly diluted.

3. Can blistering asphalt shingles cause roof damage?

Asphalt roof shingles will blister as a result of either moisture being trapped during the manufacturing process or poor heat ventilation, and yes they can in fact lead to leaks and expensive roof damage if the granules continue to recede. If you notice signs of blistering shingles on your roof, it’s a good idea to give your local roofing contractor a call to assess the granule-level of the shingles and whether or not they will need to be replaced to avoid further damage.

4. Why does my roof have ridges all over the shingles?

This is a common problem related to a lack of foam sealing in the roof joints, which causes moisture to get trapped between the roof panels. The felt underneath the shingles then expands due to that trapped moisture, which then causes the shingles to rise, however the felt never completely dries which is why there is constant appearance of a ridges on the shingles.

To fix this issue you really should consult with a professional roofer to add the insulation after first stripping the roof of it’s shingles.

5. I’ve heard of homeowners being scammed by fake roofing contractors, is this a real issue to worry about?

By virtue of the fact that many homeowners are unaware of some of the basic and commonplace practices used by legitimate roofing contractors or roofing inspectors who are working on behalf of an insurance company for example, many of us could fall easy prey to the plot of the fake roofing contractor. Remember, a professional roofing company will always keep you informed as to the necessary maintenance or inspection times, especially as it would relate to an appointment that would require them to enter your house. A roofing company you can trust would never leave you in the dark when it comes to your home.

Tune in next week for part two of 10 toughest roofing questions answered!

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