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I inspected a home today that was remodeled, to include a new roof installed, approximately 6 years ago. There is no tree coverage around the roof, ventilation was provided via continuous ridge vent and soffit vents. While I am familiar with the mid 90's Pabco issue, I am not aware of any other defective composition materials. Can anyone provide me with any feedback or information concerning defective composition shingle materials? This damage covered the entire south facing section of roof. The rest of the roof covering was in normal condition.

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bootsan,

Does your area have hail storms and does the weather mostly come out of the south? We see south roof plane damage caused by hail in Ohio. Insurance will replace only the damaged side.

What you show in the pictures could be old hail damage.

I inspected a house last week that had the south side replaced with insurance money. Have to look at a roof next week for a homeowner that believes he should get a whole roof shingle replacement and not just the south plane, as the insurance company is allowing.

Ezra Malernee

Canton, Ohio

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Thanks for the replies. It is strictly on the south side and there is a continuous ridge vent and soffit venting. However, the ceiling on the interior is vaulted and there is no viewable attic space. Supposedly they had a roofer take a look and he stated something about Elk shingles. It didn't make sense to me because I haven't read or heard anything about Elk(now GAF) shingles being defective. The first thing that came to mind was the pressure washing issue, but I think that would be evident in other areas of the roof if that were the case. This damage is very uniform, from the rake to the valley. It almost looks as if a giant sparkler was placed over that section, well without the burning effects/appearance. Just holes on every shingle. Here is another pic.

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I am not sure about complete replacement. The buyer was told, new roof 6 years ago. I told the buyer that no matter the cause, the damaged section needs to be replaced. For my own curiosity and knowledge, I just had to make sure I wasn't without knowledge of a recall or something of that nature. Here is a pic of the home from the front. It would just seem strange, not unheard of, but strange that they would just leave that section. For reference, it is the section facing you in the picture, on the left. Also a shot of the back side of the same roof.

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The half roof is a possibility. I've found about a dozen homes over the years where the roofer only replaced the shingles on the north side - the side where moss and algae tear up roofs here and they wear out first. That's kind of a nice way to pad one's profit - replace only the north slope and perhaps clean the other slope and leave the homeowner thinking that it's an entirely new roof.

It's not always the roofer, though; one a couple of those houses, the homeowner's actions subsequent to the discovery sort of tipped us off that the homeowner had 'sort of' left a small detail out of the disclosure statement.

ONE TEAM - ONE FIGHT!!!

Mike

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Originally posted by Neal Lewis

Originally posted by hausdok

...moss and algae tear up roofs here and they wear out first.

Mike

The algae damages the shingles?

Sure does,

Fungi produces oxalic acid to digest whatever it's growing on. Some types of fungi are worse than others; lichen for example. Lichen will usually grow wherever birds are crapping on the roof and when you remove it the protective granules come with it. Some types of alga eat limestone.

Around here, a roof can look great except for areas that are shaded and covered with moss or alga. Leave it on too long and those areas will usually wear out far sooner than the rest of the roof.

Where the south sides of a roof will wear out soonest in other parts of the country where there's a lot more sunlight; here, the opposite is true. You can have a roof that's 17 years old and the south side of the cover will look great and the north side will be covered with alga and look like it's stained with dirt or smoke and that side will look pretty bad. So, sometimes they'll only replace the north side.

The problem with that is that eventually the south side will wear out and then the north side will look great and the south side is shot - like this one. Sometimes it's the roofer that does it without the owner realizing it,sometimes the owners know it and they just want to save money.

Don't you get moss and alga where you are?

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Mike

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Mike, I guess I was thinking of the black, streaking type of algae growth. That's what we primarily get around here. I've never seen it cause wear.

I've read this sort of explanation below several times. This is from the Certainteed site.

"In certain moist areas, algae can grow on shingles. Although the algae has no proven effect on shingle life, it does stain or discolor the shingle. Commonly (and usually incorrectly) called fungus, this algae staining can be unattractive."

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