How to Handle Asphalt Shingle Blow-Offs

Asphalt shingles can get blown off during a heavy storm, which, if left unrepaired, can lead to a leaking roof and other roofing problems. In today’s post, local roofing company Tony’s Roofcare Inc. shares a quick guide on how to handle shingle blow-offs.

Asphalt Shingle Blow-Offs

Signs and Causes of Blown-Off Shingles

Shingle blow-offs are characterized by missing shingles on your roof, as well as a significant amount of granules in your gutters. Keeping an eye out for these telltale signs will help you spot potential problems and have them fixed before extended exposure to the elements make them worse. High-speed winds may be the force that tears shingles off rooftops, but there are factors that can help you mitigate it.

  • Building codes. The local climate informs the building codes in the area, which explains why some locations require specific materials and roof slopes. Preventing blown-off shingles is reason enough to make sure that your builder or roofer is compliant with local building codes.
  • Quality of installation. Today’s roofing systems are manufactured to be installed in specific ways to make them resistant to wind damage, and installation mistakes can leave your roof vulnerable. A good workmanship coverage, whether part of the roofing warranty or as a separate quality guarantee, can help cover roof repair costs in case your roof suffers a shingle blow-off.
  • Wind ratings. Most roofing manufacturers offer complete roofing systems with wind ratings. Some of the best-rated roofs can stand up to wind speeds the equivalent of Category 4 hurricanes. These features will typically cost more, but the durability and peace of mind they bring may make the investment worth it.

Roof Repair vs. Roof Replacement

There is no single solution for shingle blow-offs. In some cases, it would require no more work than replacing a few missing or damaged shingles. Some may need additional work like reinforcing the roof frame, perhaps replacing part of the decking or underlayment.

Sometimes, replacement can be the only solution, and it’s not exclusive to old, out-of-warranty roofs. This is why it’s important to have your roof inspected by a roofing professional. Depending on certain factors, repair costs for a storm-damaged roof may be covered by warranties, homeowners’ insurance or a bit of both — a thorough inspection can help ensure that you’re on the right track.

Learn more about what a roof replacement company can do for you. Give your local roofers at Tony’s Roofcare Inc. a call at (253) 841-7779 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.