You can put off some home repairs indefinitely, but a leaky roof isn't one of them. Cracked, curled, or missing roof shingles demand immediate attention; if neglected, they can lead to severe water (and savings-account) damage.
Before you risk life and limb on a ladder, we recommend you stay at ground level and use binoculars to spot cracked, curled, or missing shingles—often signs of roof repair or replacement.
In addition to examining the asphalt shingle roof, make sure to check the flashing around chimneys, skylights, and roof valleys, as well as the rubber boots around vents for cracks.
If you have an existing leak, or suspect you need a new roof, we strongly recommend consulting a professional roofing contractor like Fields Discount Roofing. We are trained to assess damage and make recommendations on materials, and equipped with proper safety gear.
Here is an illustration guide to the layers of a shingled roof, with corresponding roofing terminology.
The most popular by far, asphalt shingles are made of fiberglass sandwiched between asphalt and ceramic granules. Relatively light and easy to install, they are a good choice if you're looking for style at a budget price. They can last 30 years or more and look great on just about any home. Asphalt roofing comes in two types. Laminated shingles, also known as "architectural" or "dimensional" shingles, are layered, and their thickness and depth make them look more like slate or wood shakes. Three-tab asphalt shingles, though similarly priced, are made in a single layer. They're flatter and thinner than laminated shingles and didn't perform as well in past tests. What's more, falling prices for laminated shingles are helping them grab more and more of the market.
A large majority of our residential roofing work consists of asphalt shingle roofing on single family homes throughout the Pensacola, Gulf Breeze, Milton and Navarre areas.