Installing a new roof will improve your home's resell value as well as add curb appeal giving a prospective homebuyer a good first impression, that is, if your home is for sale. For homeowners planning on staying put indefinitely, a new roof is a long-term investment and choosing the right type of shingle including the style and color is a choice the homeowner will have to live with for years.

Shingle manufacturer CertainTeed has created a short video sure to help the person that is thinking of replacing their roof by showing style and color options with tips on choosing a replacement roof. Whether the reason is for improving resell value and curb appeal or if the current roof is in need of replacement this video is a good place to start. 

Drawdy Roofing & Vinyl Siding has a professionally trained team that has been helping homeowners pick the right roof for their home for over 40 years. When ready, homeowners can request a free estimate through our website or by calling our office at 229-432-0317.

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We end the series "Does My Roof Need to be Replaced" with 3 more roofing problems that may indicate it is time to call a roofing professional (See the descriptive images below). If you missed either of the first two parts of the series click on the link(s): Part 1. Part 2

Blistering Shingles

Blistered shingles are a highly debated topic between manufacturers including CertainTeed and Tamko as well as home inspectors and roofing contractors. 

Blistered shingles can be caused by several reasons. Some manufacturers claim it is just cosmetic and will not affect a shingles performance and is part of the normal aging process. In some cases though, blistering shingles are due to an improperly ventilated roof causing the shingles to get too hot. 

If you notice a substantial amount of blistered shingles we recommend having a qualified roofing contractor like Drawdy Roofing & Vinyl Siding inspect your roof to determine the reason for the blistering. 

Blistered asphalt roofing shingle

 Buckling Roof Deck

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association lists several reasons for roof buckling, one being improper roof ventilation. (To learn more about how insulation and ventilation work together to keep your home comfortable as well as roofing ventilation recommendations click here).

Another reason a roof can buckle is due to improper installation of the underlayment, which can happen when an inexperienced roofing contractor installs a roof. Always work with an experienced roofing contractor that is licensed and insured and that can provide referrals.

Buckling Roof example 

Storm and Hail Damage

Damage caused by wind and hail cost State Farm and its policyholders more than $3.9 billion in 2012, according to an April 2013 analysis by the insurer. The property damage can be as minimal as a few broken shingles to total destruction of buildings. More on hail statistics here.

The Internet has a wealth of information on how to identify a hail-damaged roof, but little information is available on how hail actually damages an asphalt shingle and what can happen if the hail damaged roof is not replaced.

As explained by an Illinois roofing contractor Countryside Roofing and image provider: "Hail damage is a problem for roofs by breaking the fiberglass embedded in the asphalt mats of a shingle. This will eventually lead to cracks in shingles over time due to the fractured fiberglass being stressed from expansion and contraction caused by temperature changes resulting in water damage to the roof and interior of the home."

Steps are provided here if you have had hail and storm damage to your roof.

hail damaged shingle

Contact Drawdy Roofing & Vinyl Siding by phone or though our website to schedule a free estimate if you feel it may be time to replace your roof or if you have experienced hail or storm damage.

Vince Dettore, VP of Marketing & Business Ops

Although we answer the question in the section of our website, “Signs of Roof Damage” as well as previous blog articles, we know that our job to help homeowners keep their property sound and secure is ongoing as well as it being part of our mission. We also believe in the old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” when addressing a homeowner’s question; “when is it time to replace my roof?” 

In the first of this three part series are descriptive pictures shown below of common reasons for replacing your roof, including; Missing roof shingles, granule loss of roofing shingles, and curling roofing shingles. Images courtesy of Countryside Roofing in Illinois.

If you notice any or all of these first three problem areas with your roof then it would be a good idea to have a professional roofing contractor take a look for further evaluation.

Missing Shingles shown by Drawdy Roofing

Granule Loss of Roof by Drawdy Roofing

Curling roof shingles  problems by Drawdy Roofing

In the next two-blog posts we will point out 6 other reasons it may be time to replace your roof and what to look for when a replacement roof might be necessary.

Contact Drawdy Roofing & Vinyl Siding either through our website or by calling us at (229) 432-0317 If you feel it may be time to replace your old roof or at least speak to someone about any or all of the listed roofing problems.

Blog post by Vince Dettore, VP of Marketing and Business Ops

In the first of 3 parts, “Does My Roof Need to be Replaced” we pointed out missing roofing shingles, granule loss on roofing shingles and curling roofing shingles as reasons it may be time to have a qualified roofing contractor inspect your roof. Many roofing companies provide free estimates as we do at Drawdy Roofing & Vinyl Siding. A side note: Make sure you are provided with a copy of the roofing contractors' general liability and workers compensation insurance with the estimate. More on what to look for in a reputable contractor can be found here.

Now to the list:

Damaged Roof Flashing

Flashing problems are a major cause of roof leaks as a result of wind, improper installation or work by other contractors. The problem can become worse if not addressed as soon as possible. Remember roof leaks can cause structural damage including rotting support beams, and interior walls and ceilings not to mention mold.

Example of Damaged Roof Flashing by Drawdy Roofing & Vinyl Siding

Water Damage and Rotting Wood

Many roofs replaced by Drawdy Roofing & Vinyl Siding have rotten wood in various areas unknown to the homeowner. The areas we most likely find with water damage and rotting wood are around chimney flashing, vents, HVAC stacks and along eaves where roofing materials meet a wall. If you notice any rotting wood as in the inside of the pictured attic above it is time to call a qualified roofing contractor.

Roofing water damage example by Drawdy Roofing & Vinyl Siding

 Water Marks from Roof Leaks

Ceiling stains as pictured below are an indication of a possible roof leak and should be addressed immediately. Just one leaking area of the roof may cause a domino effect or other problems leading to the additional expense of replacing structural wood in the roofing system and interior walls and ceilings. There could also be the chance of mold causing allergic reaction in some people. Read more on mold problems here from the EPA.

Water Spot example by Drawdy Roofing & Vinyl Siding

Stay tuned for the final article on when it may be time to replace your roof. In the meantime don't hesitate to contact Drawdy Roofing & Vinyl Siding either through our website or by calling us at (229) 432-0317 If you feel it may be time to replace your old roof or at least speak to someone about any or all of the listed roofing problems. Images courtesy of Countryside Roofing in Illinois.

Blog post by Vince Dettore, VP of Marketing and Business Ops



 Drawdy Roofing Financing

Home Improvement Financing Made Quick and Easy and 3 Reasons to Finance your Home Improvement

1.     Structural problems: You don't want to wait until your roof is already leaking which can cause other structural damage to your home costing you additional money. Your home is your castle; provide safety and security for you and your family by fixing the problem. If you notice leaks or missing shingles, your windows are drafty (costing you on your utility bill) or the siding is beyond its prime, low interest financing can help you take care of the problem now before getting worse and costing you much more.

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2.     Peace of Mind: Emotionally we feel better when we know things are all right at home and not just with our family members. Get peace of mind with a structurally sound and energy efficient home that will protect you and your family for years. Apply for easy financing on this page or by going to our financing page by clicking HERE.

3.     Increased Value of Your Home: Your home is typically your number one investment. A new roof, energy-efficient windows and the latest in vinyl siding assure your home will keep its peak value. If you think you may sell your home in the near future you will assure yourself of getting a higher selling price when your home is in top condition.

If you don't have the cash reserves right now and your home is in need of an upgrade, Drawdy Roofing & Vinyl Siding can help with quick and easy low interest financing. We have several options to choose from. To get the process started or to learn more about our financing programs for your home improvement its as easy as filling the short form on this page. Include you would like to know about our financing programs in the comments section. You can also link to our financing page by clicking HERE to learn more.

Vince Dettore, VP of Marketing & Business Ops