Roof Problems By Material: Asphalt Vs Cedar

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There are different roof problems associated with different roof types. Not all roofing solutions are equal. Learn about the most common roof issues for asphalt and wood roofs today. 

Problems with Asphalt Roofs

Asphalt roofs are great and have many benefits. However, there are problems specific to asphalt roofs, and one of them is when they lose their granules. It is inevitable that your shingles will lose their granules at some point, regardless of their quality. Your roof’s granules act as a protective layer.

There are other things to consider as well. It is possible for asphalt roofs to display several problems that require the installation of a brand-new roof. You should contact us as soon as possible if you notice any of the following problems with your roof. The following are some common problems with shingle roofs:

Blistering Shingles

Asphalt shingles are nailed to your roof, but they essentially adhere to the layer underneath. If this adhesion does not occur, a pocket similar to a blister forms. This starts as a cosmetic problem but becomes more severe when it bursts or erodes. 

Curling Shingles

Curling can be caused by a number of different factors. Among these factors are poor ventilation, improper installation, and old age. Curled shingles are generally less wind resistant. The risk of them tearing off in high winds is more likely. The risk of them letting moisture in is higher as well.

Raised Shingles

Raised shingles lead to a roof appearing wavy. This can be caused by poor ventilation, loosely secured roofing nails, or mold that is growing under the shingle.

Premature Cracking

Cracking is a common problem with shingles. If, however, your shingles prematurely crack, then the problem is caused by poor manufacturing or improper installation. Poor ventilation can result in cracked roofs, but Mother Nature can also play a role.

Tearing and Splitting

Asphalt shingles are designed to expand so they can handle temperature changes. When the weather rapidly changes from cool to extremely hot, your shingles can split. A high-quality shingle is less likely to split than a bargain shingle.

Loss of Granules

Rain, snow, wind, hail, and debris all contribute to granule loss. In the event of granules accumulating in your gutter, you should likely replace your shingles.

Mildew, Algae, and Mold

When you find mold, mildew, or algae on the roof, attic, or walls, it means there is moisture getting in and ventilation is inadequate. This can lead to health problems, as well as structural damage.

Missing Shingles

The most common reason for missing shingles is excessive wind pressure. During severe storms where the wind speed is high, this often happens. Disintegrated shingles are usually caused by a hailstorm or other debris impact.

Asphalt shingle manufacturers are improving their designs and production processes daily. However, the materials are not immune to things such as the effects of high winds, aging, or debris. If you want your shingles to last as long as possible, you should hire an experienced roofing contractor to install them.

Top Cedar Shingle Roof Issues

Cedar shingle roofing has an impressive appearance that is almost impossible to beat. As it ages, its beauty intensifies. The advantages of wood include its environmental friendliness and affordability. However, there can be issues related to aging, weather, insects, birds, and fungal growth. You cannot fully protect your home from the elements without taking care of these issues.

Wood shakes and shingles commonly have the following problems:

Wear and Tear (Thanks, Mother Nature!)

Eventually, anything exposed to Mother Nature will show wear and tear. Despite the durability of cedar shingles, they eventually wear out and must be repaired or replaced.

Weathering Rates

Sunlight, wind, and precipitation are all part of weathering. These factors wear down the wood’s surface. Although this is a slow process, it is one of the main reasons why the material loses its protective properties.

Algae and Rot

There is a specific type of algae that causes cedar roofs to look black when they aren’t fully dried out. If you’ve ever noticed that your cedar roof has turned black, you might be looking at this type of algae. The problem is most common on shaded wood roofs.

Cracks and Faults

Frequently wetting and drying wood can cause cracking. It’s critical to report shallow cracks even if they are only cosmetic. Shallow cracks can present larger issues over time, so it’s wise to get them checked out.

Shingles Splitting

A crack can develop into a split that reaches all the way through the shingles. At this point, moisture can enter areas it shouldn’t, if the split occurs on top of another split or natural gap between shingle or shake.

Distorted Shingles

Wood shingles and shakes that have been warped or twisted can take on a variety of shapes. We consider this a cosmetic issue until it affects the roof’s ability to protect the house against moisture. At that point, it becomes a structural problem.

Wood roofing material is prone to curling or cupping when exposed to rain and sunlight. This distortion occurs as a result of the expansion and contraction of the material as a result of heating and cooling.

Wood Roofs Are A Fire Hazard

Forest fires are common in areas where wood acts as a propellant. This is why wood roofs should never be installed in such areas. The fire risk can be significantly reduced by using pressurized wood shingles with fire retardants.

Final Thoughts

The type of roof you choose for your home is an important decision. Make sure you understand what problems your roof may have, how long it will last, and more. Each roof type has its own problems. We hope we were able to give you some insights to make your decision easier.

If you need some help, don’t hesitate to call us at (636) 699-0449