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Asphalt shingles are durable, versatile, and the cherry on top for an aesthetically pleasing home. Plus, they’re affordable and easy to install. With all of their benefits, asphalt shingles are a great choice for residents in Hawaii if they’re properly installed and maintained.
It can be easy to forget about roof maintenance while enjoying the beautiful Hawaii weather. To get the most out of your functional roof shingles, we discuss how to know if your roof shingles are healthy and when you need to call a professional for a roof repair.
Shingles in Hawaii
Shingles are quite popular in Hawaii and for a good reason. Made up of a base mat, waterproof asphalt, and ceramic granules, asphalt shingles are built to weather heat and storms.
Granules are the grainy, top layer of your shingles. They are made from crushed stone and minerals and help give the shingles their color and shape. But, granules are more than just for looks. Granules are what make the shingles long-lasting and UV protected. However, because of the weather in Hawaii, shingles can quickly become damaged if not properly cared for.
Typical Wear & Tear
Typically, healthy shingles will shed granules as a result of normal wear and tear. Shingles can even last up to 20 years with the shedding of granules. Granules may fall off from time to time and it’s a normal event in your shingles’ lifespan.
If you’ve recently replaced your roof and you notice an excessive amount of granules, don’t panic. It’s common in the first week for the outermost layer of granules to shed from the shingles.
At-Home Shingle Maintenance
To maintain the health of your asphalt shingles, we recommend performing a regular roof cleaning from the ground level. This includes brushing off any debris like leaves or branches, to avoid roof damage. If you notice nearby vegetation growing onto your roof, clip it away if you’re able.
Likewise, we recommend avoiding walking on your asphalt shingle roof and frequently checking for weak spots to keep your roof intact. When in doubt, call a professional to help you reach and trim those hard-to-reach spots.
Shingles can become bare from severe weather, foot traffic, and other reasons, so it’s best to check your roof for damage after any hail or heavy storms.
When to Call a Professional
To keep your roof in tip-top shape, it’s important to know what’s beyond everyday wear and tear. If you delay calling a professional for a roof repair, you may encounter roof leaks and home damage.
If you notice patches of shingles that are dilapidated and bare, it’s probably time to replace your roof. More importantly, if you observe the interior of a shingle, with no granules, call a professional immediately. Without the granules, your roof is exposed to the elements.
Missing shingles can happen at any time of the year, typically a result of intense weather conditions. Whether you’re missing one or two shingles or an entire row, it’s important to have this issue resolved immediately. Missing shingles can cause water damage, and in some cases, influence other attached shingles to become loose and detached.
Just as it sounds, curled shingles are shingles that are curled up, often on the ends. This is caused by a variety of factors like poor ventilation, mistakes from installation, and more. This isn’t a problem if just a few shingles are curling here and there, but if the majority of the shingles on your roof are curled, that’s a sign you need a roof repair.
Maintain Your Asphalt Shingles with True Home Hawaii
Don’t hesitate to contact True Home Hawaii for a free inspection if you observe that something doesn’t look right with your roof. With 50 years of experience, we supply the highest quality roofing and premier customer service, every time. No matter if your roof is commercial or residential, our team is ready to lend a helping hand.
5-Star Roof Repairs by True Home Hawaii
Save time and money by scheduling regular maintenance for your roof. Proudly serving the Oahu area, our team of experts will help you get the most out of your roof shingles. Don’t wait until you’ve got a leak, set up a free consultation now! Call True Home Hawaii today at 808-359-0035 or contact us online.