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How to Identify – and Avoid – Faulty Shingles


Quality Matters!
Quality Matters!

Any good business owner can tell you that quality matters. From the quality of your materials, to the quality of your finished products, to the quality of your employees – quality always serves a business and its customers well.

These same business people will tell you that sometimes things beyond control can affect the quality of your business products. There are few companies who will intentionally produce a low-quality product because they just don’t sell! In this blog, we will discuss how to identify these manufacturing mishaps so you can correct them, or better yet, avoid them altogether!

Defective shingles can be one of the most harmful things to a person’s home. Often, they don’t realize there is an issue until damage has occurred and major repairs are needed. If no one catches the mistake, it can cost thousands of dollars in damage. Most of these faulty shingles are caught by the manufacturers’ screening process and are recycled or reprocessed into other materials, never entering circulation at all. However, occasionally a batch of faulty shingles will get through these stringent checkpoints to be installed on a home or other building. In this case, it is up to the roofer, the homeowner, and the crew to note the defect and seek appropriate channels to exchange the defective material for quality shingles.

defective shingles curlingTwo signs of defective shingles that are noticeable to the naked eye are color and texture. If something seems off about the color of your shingles, you should ask your roofer to verify that you have the color you ordered and check for defects. Sometimes the color can indicate a lack of granules on the shingles. The granules help protect the asphalt in shingles from deteriorating too quickly by shielding it from direct sunlight. Granules may also be lacking if your shingles seem overly smooth – they should be rough and bumpy with a lot of little rocks (called granules) embedded in the material.

Another thing to look out for when dealing with shingle materials is dampness. Shingles are designed to shed water, but if they are stored in a wet area for too long without the opportunity to dry out that a roof provides they can deteriorate prematurely. If your shingles are being installed on a damp day, be sure to check them at a later date to ensure they are functioning well. This can be done by checking the color and texture as stated above, performing a water test (make sure water is running down the roof, not sideways or up the slope), or calling your roofing company to come out and do a quality check.

Not to be repetitive, but this is an extremely unusual occurrence. The information in this blog is mainly to help you- our fans, customers, and friends- be aware of the possibility, just in case. No matter where you live – Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, Bryan, or College Station, we hope to help you be prepared for any possibility!

Remember, contact Lone-Star Roof Systems for all your roofing needs!



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