Does Your Roof Need Replacing?

Listed below are 10 of the primary signs that you may need a new roof. Contact the Professionals at Countryside Roofing, Siding and Windows for your free consultation.

Shingles that have been blown off or become dislodged indicate that the roofing shingles have lost their tinsel strength and the sealant is no longer bonding them together which makes them very susceptible to damage from wind.  Occasionally, individual shingles can be replaced pending on how brittle the shingles have become with age.   Generally, missing roofing shingles means that the shingle is in a greatly deteriorated condition and the end of the road is near.
Granules on roofing shingles protect the asphalt and fiberglass mats from the ultraviolet rays of the sun, provide the aesthetic qualities that give the beauty to roofing products and provide traction for the installers.  After a new roof is installed, it is common to minor granule loss due as a result of the installation process.  However, if the roofing shingles are older this loss might be a result of age or hail damage.  After a good rain, check the exhaust locations of your downspouts for significant amount of granules.  If so, it is time to have your roof inspected by a professional.
Generally, curling or buckling shingles are cause by ventilation issues.  The roofing shingles have baked from the inside out.  Over time, this heat causes the sealants on the back of the shingles to detach from the course underneath and the shingle starts to shrink and curl up.  At his point your roof is usually on borrowed time.  Many inexperienced roofing contractors will walk on these roofing shingles which will cause them to break and make your home more susceptible to water or wind damage.  Countryside Roofing, Siding and Windows can evaluate the situation and recommendations for you.
Blisters are generally caused deterioration due to age.  They can be extremely brittle and very have cracks through them.  There is no tinsel strength left and water penetration is inevitable.   Contact the professionals at Countryside Roofing, Siding and Windows immediately to assess the situation.
In the past, it was common practice to install a new layer shingles over the first layer of roofing shingles to reduce costs.  In some parts of the Chicago area you might even find three or four layers of shingles from the days when building codes were far more lenient.  Today such practices are frowned upon.  The construction practices today along with the building products such as windows and siding moisture barriers are making the houses more energy efficient and air tight.  Often times the only exhaust for a home may be through the attic and the roof.  This causes a vapor drive that can weaken a roof deck.  Generally, a second layer will only last 7-10 years.  Removing all roofing material provide the only opportunity to inspect the condition of the decking to ensure that it will meet the life expectancy of the new roofing materials.  Countryside Roofing, Siding and Windows can help you determine how many layers of roofing materials are on your house.
Storm damage today is more prevalent than in the past and often times seem more severe.  Lightning strikes can cause holes in the roofing materials and usually drop tree branches on roofs which also cause damage.  Wind can dislodge roofing shingles and create the opportunity for water damage.  Hail damage causes fractures in the fiberglass embedded in the asphalt mats of a shingle.  Over time these fractures will be stressed due to expansion and contraction due to the temperature extremes.  Eventually, this causes cracks in shingles which can cause water damage.  Contact Countryside Roofing, Siding and Windows to assess your situation and to educate you on the insurance process.
Hail Damage

Many leaks start with flashing problems.  Some flashing problems are a result of wind, ice or work by other contractors which may dislodging flashings.  If not addressed in a timely manner, the problem can escalate.  If addressed in a timely manner, major issues may be able to be avoided.  If not, major replacements will become inevitable.   Countryside Roofing, Siding and Windows can help identify these flashing issues and it possible fix them to avoid costly replacements.
Sometimes roof decking will buckle due to poor ventilation.  Most manufacturers also site poor ventilation as a common cause of premature shingle deterioration.  Contributing factors can also be how tight homes have become to make them more efficient.  As homes become more efficient, the more heat and vapor become trapped in the attic and weaken the roof decking over time.  Adding insulation to an attic which covers the soffit vents will choke out a roof by reducing the ability to exhaust warm moist air through the roof vents due to insufficient replace air.  Call Countryside Roofing, Siding and Windows for your free analysis.
A high percentage of the roofs installed each have at least some form of water damage or rotten wood unknown to home owners.  Usually, this damage starts at the end of a valley, around a chimney flashing, around vents like soil pipe collars and HVAC stacks, along eaves or where roofing materials meet a wall.  A complete inspection of the roof by Countryside Roofing, Siding and Windows will determine whether such damage is evident.
Stains on a ceiling of a house with an older roof are the first sign to home owners that something may be wrong with roof.  These leaks if left unaddressed can compound problems shorten the life expectancy of your roof.  Sometimes this is caused by ice damming.  Although there is no way to completely eliminate the possibility of ice damming, there are installation techniques and products specifically designed to minimize the damage.  Ask you Countryside Roofing, Siding and Windows professional for an analysis and description of these options.


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