Shingle Blowoff is Common:
Shingle blowoff is a very common phenomenon. In today’s post our team of experts here at American Standard Roofing will discuss shingle blowoff, and what to do if you see them lying everywhere but the roof. Like many Metro Detroit Michigan residents discovered this winter, wind is a very powerful force. Every year the storms blow in, and leave wreckage in their wake. Unfortunately, that wreckage sometimes includes shingles from your roof.
What To Do:
If you wake up and see shingles all over your yard, the first thing to do is call a few roofers to get a couple of estimates, and have a tarp installed. The quicker you can do this, the better. The longer your home is exposed to the elements without adequate roofing, to more likely you are to have a leak and substantially more damage.
Get a Professional Opinion:
Even though you might only see shingles blown off on the ground, there could be more damage that you can’t see from the ground. Hail can crack shingles and damage flashing for example, but you won’t be able to see that unless you are up on the roof. The best plan is to bring out a professional as soon as possible.
Was the Roof Installed Properly?
When you have your contractor come out, ask them why the shingles blew off. Yes, high winds can lift shingles, but most shingles are rated for a wind speed of over 100 mph. If your shingles are blowing off at speeds less than 100 mph, it is likely that your roof was incorrectly installed or there are other issues present.
Technical Reasons for Shingle Blowoff:
There are a couple of things that could be happening resulting in a shingle blowoff.
- Each shingle has a strip across the top of it where the nails have to be placed. If the roofer was lazy and landed a few nails off of the strip, then that shingle hasn’t been securely fastened. If they missed a few nails on the shingles that blew off, chances are that there are other shingles that weren’t secured properly and just didn’t happen to blow off during this storm.
- Each shingle also has an adhesive strip on the back that sticks to the shingle underneath it. If the person installing the roof wasn’t careful to keep these strips clean, or left the shingles exposed for too long prior to installation, then the roof might not have sealed properly. This would leave your shingles literally flapping in the wind.
Contact Your Insurance Company:
Once you find out with the real issue is, it’s time to contact your insurance company. If the roof was improperly installed from the beginning, you are likely to have continuous problems with it. Depending on the age of your roof and how bad the installation is, it might be more cost effective to replace the entire roof.
We’re Here For All Your Roofing Needs!
We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We have seen our share of shingle blowoff scenarios. We also have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Our reputation is important to us. We believe in never sacrificing quality for easy profits. We also stand behind our services for the lifetime of the product ,both labor and material. This is something not common-practice in this industry. That is why we are #1 metro Detroit roofers. Be sure to give us a call at (248) 350-2323 for all your roofing, siding and guttering needs.