Missing shingles are unsightly, but more importantly, they allow the elements to cause greater damage to your investment. Shingles are necessary to ensure that you do not have a roof leak, which could cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home.
Maintaining a sound roof literally tops the list of crucial home repairs: It keeps you and your family warm and dry, along with everything in your house. Any damage or signs of wear call for immediate action to keep water from seeping under the shingles and rotting the wood sheathing beneath. Ignoring a problem—even what appears to be a small one—will accelerate the need to re-roof and can add hundreds of dollars to the cost of a new roof. If your roof is more than 20 years old and most of the shingles are damaged or badly worn, it's time to replace it. But if your roof is basically sound, we can replace the missing shingles at a very cost affordable price!
The two most-common reasons for replacement are:
- Replacing damaged or missing shingles and
- Repairing shingles that have cracked.
If you are doing any of the above repairs yourself without calling a professional such as Roof Doctor, Inc., please never climb onto a roof that's wet, icy or covered with morning dew as this can prove very dangerous.
What type of shingles do I have and what are the pros and cons of each?
Wood Cedar Shake Roof Shingles:
A shake is a basic wooden shingle that is made from split logs. This type of roofing system can provide a more natural look and shakes have traditionally been used for roofing and siding applications around the world. Higher grade shakes are typically used for roofing purposes, while the lower grades are used for siding purposes. In either situation, properly installed shakes provide long lasting, provide weather protection, and a rustic aesthetic , old-style character. Variations in color, thickness and cut of wood mean that no two shake roofs will look the same. Cedar shake shingle roofs will require more regular maintenance than some other more modern weatherproofing systems to protect against mold, rot, and insects. The biggest concern with cedar shake shingles is when shakes are missing from the roof system and felt paper is allowed to be exposed; this allows vulnerable spots in your roof for felt to become weathered and punctured, causing a leak straight through the spaced sheating (1"x 4" planks) into your attic.
Composition Roof Shingles:
The most popular choice today for roof shingles is the composition roof shingle, especially if you can't afford the high cost of clay tile or slate roofs. Higher-quality versions made from asphalt or fiberglass shingles offer a more durable option and may be available with recycled content. The advantage of these roof shingles is that they are quite pocket friendly. Apart from this, they are also available in a wide variety of styles and colors and thus you have a lot of options to choose from. They are relatively easy to install, and in some applications can be nailed in place over an existing roof. They require low maintenance and can be walked on without damaging the material. Most brands offer Class A fire protection. In other words, composition shingles have excellent fire resistant properties. They come in two types - organic, and non-organic, which is fiberglass. They follow strict guidelines for manufacture. They are seen on homes in every part of the country. The biggest downfall of this shingle is its vulnerability to wind and ice damage.
Clay Tile Roof Shingles:
Clay tiles are used most commonly used in the American southwest (especially California); terracotta clay tile have long been used on roofs due to their durability and resistance to insects, mold, decay and fire. The anticipated lifespan of clay tile, in fact, is often greater than that of the materials beneath it. The disadvantages of using clay tiles include that clay roofing is heavy, expensive, and easily broken if walked on.
Natural / Slate Shingles:
Natural material / slate shingles (slivers of actual rock used as shingles) are often seen on upscale homes, due to their beautiful look and extreme durability. It's not uncommon to see slate roofs that are more than 100 years old. Slate is generally expensive, but offers a long lifespan, excellent fire protection, low maintenance, and resistance to rot and insects. Another natural choice is wood shingles or shakes, which in North America are usually made from cedar.
Polymer Roofing Shingles:
Polymer roofing shingles are becoming more popular. These shingles resemble wood cedar shake, slate, or tile and your neighbors will never guess it is artificial. They’re lighter and thus easier to handle and install than clay, asphalt, wood cedar shake or slate. They require less maintenance and can last twice as long as cedar shakes. Also, polymer surfaces are smooth—with no granules to tumble into gutters, so they’re well suited for rainwater collection. Synthetic roofing tends to weigh about the same as standard or architectural asphalt shingles, but cost can be three times as much as asphalt shingles. They can also be a bit trickier to install, as the shingle colors have to be mixed properly to have a natural look and so that the view of your roof elevation will not look blotchy.
Roof Doctor, Inc. has never told a customer they need a new roof because we cannot match the shingles. Generally, we can match your shingle product type and color, however there may be a slight difference in the newly replaced area as your roof will most likely have weathered and faded from the sun and other of Mother Nature's elements.
Since 1987, Roof Doctor, Inc. has matched roof profiles and colors to the aesthetic demands of the most prestigious homes throughout the Kansas City metro area and Johnson County, KS.