Asphalt shingles are among the most common roofing material used in the United States because they are durable and relatively inexpensive when compared to other roofing materials on the market. In most cases, the asphalt shingles on your home should last twenty to thirty years, but if damage does occur to the shingles, roof repair contractors can replace the damaged shingles for you.
There are several ways some of the shingles on the roof of your home can sustain damage and require roof repair. One of the most common causes of damage is trees that overhang the roof. The limbs of the tree sometimes hang low enough that they sweep over the shingles and pull at the edges, loosening the shingles over time.
Sometimes large hailstones can cause damage to the roof if you live in an area where summer storms are frequent. Large-enough hailstones hitting the shingles can cause them to crack from the impact, and then they can start to leak. A roof repair contractor will need to remove and replace the damaged shingles to stop the leak.
Finally, age is one of the biggest reasons for shingles to start to fail and require replacing. As the shingles near the end of their life, they can crack, and the abrasive material on the surface may begin to wear off. The material protects the face of the shingle, so without it, there is a higher chance of damage to the shingle.
If you are concerned that there is damage to the roof's shingles, a roof repair company can come and do a full inspection of the roof for you. The inspection will find any problems with the roof, and the inspector can then go over the results of the examination with you.
If the roofing company finds only minor damage, roof repair may be an option. Small sections of the roof that need new shingles or flashing that needs replacing is work that any roof repair service can do. The cost of the repair should be a consideration of how many repairs you are willing to do.
If there is extensive damage, the roof repair may not be the best solution, and you may need to discuss the potential for a complete roof replacement on your home. Homes that require a lot of repairs can cost you as much as a full roof replacement, so be sure to discuss both with your roofer before deciding how to proceed.