One broken shingle on your roof may not seem like a big deal—especially if you can’t see any other noticeable damage. However, it should never be ignored, as it could indicate a larger issue requiring a complete roof replacement. Learn why a broken shingle is something a professional should look at right away.
How a Single Broken Shingle Can Turn Into a Roof Replacement
Signals Shingle Deterioration
Unless the shingle broke from a wayward tree branch or similar issue, it is likely not the only weakened piece of your roofing system. Shingles deteriorate due to age and exposure to the elements that leaves them susceptible to breakage. If your roof is 20 or more years old, a broken shingle guarantees more will follow unless you schedule inspection and repair or replacement services.
Increases the Roof’s Vulnerability to Leaks
It only takes one broken shingle to cause serious leaks and water damage. Holes expand quickly when they are continually pelted by water and can easily create stains on ceilings and walls. Excessive moisture weakens wooden structural components and contributes to rot, seriously compromising the structural integrity of your home. If your roof is relatively new, a single shingle fix may be all it needs to avoid severe water damage; however, older systems may require roof replacement services if other shingles are broken.
May Cause Mold & Mildew Growth
Dark and damp conditions provide the perfect environment for mold and mildew to flourish in your underlayment as well as in your ceilings and walls. This again can compromise your home’s structural integrity if you do not schedule remediation services. Mold and mildew infestations also cause asthma and allergy flare-ups, among other problems.
If roof replacement is the best choice for your home, work with the experienced team at Woodruff Roofing & Exteriors. The commercial and residential roofing company provides clients throughout St. Louis and the rest of western Illinois with roof repairs and replacements as well as siding and gutter services. Call (314) 593-0405 today to schedule a free estimate.