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January 12, 2023

Your roof is a critical component of your home; it protects your family and your home from the outdoor elements. Your shingles act as the outer layer of protection so if they are not intact, your home is in danger. If you see any broken shingles, you need to take action immediately.

Why Shingles Are So Important

Your shingles are your home's first line of defense. If they are broken or damaged, the shingles cannot properly protect the wooden roofing materials. When water begins to seep into the wooden roofing materials, it can lead to leaks in your attic or mold and mildew growth. Without any attention to the shingles, the water damage can become extensive and require costly repairs.

How Your Shingles Can Break

There are multiple different ways that your shingles can break. One of the most common ways is due to the age of your roof. Most roofs last between 20 and 30 years, but the older the shingles get, the more susceptible they are to break. As the shingles break down, they can begin to tear or crack. As they age, the sunlight can deteriorate the coating on the outside, also causing them to break. Any high-wind storms can easily break already worn-down shingles.

Call A Professional

Roof repairs and replacements should be left to the professionals. It can be extremely dangerous for an untrained person without the proper equipment to get up on a roof. You can also have the overall health of your roof addressed to see if any other roofing materials have been affected by the broken shingles. As soon as you notice the broken shingles, give an experienced roofing contractor in your area a call.

Replace The Shingles

The broken shingles cannot be repaired, only replaced. To assist the roofing contractor, see if you have any leftover shingles from your roof so the shingles can be exactly the same. If you don't have any, the roofing contractor will be able to find a great solution.

Clean The Gutters

Broken shingles can leave behind granules, dust, and dirt which can end up in your gutters. This debris can easily cause a blockage within your gutter system, leading to additional problems and damage.

Broken shingles are different from fallen shingles. If you have fallen shingles from your roof, learn what to do.

The best way to know if you need a roof repair or replacement due to broken shingles is by having an inspection done by a trustworthy and experienced roofing company. ARAC Roof It Forward offers free video inspections so you can see any damage on your roof for the safety of your home. Schedule your free video inspection today.


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