When certain parts of your home are in distress, signs that a repair is necessary are easy to see. For example, if a section of your wood fence has warped, you know you need to replace it. Unfortunately, seeing the signs that your roof is in distress is a bit more difficult because this part of your home is not as visible. Thankfully, help is available. If you are noticing one or more of the following signs, it is time for your asphalt roof to be replaced.
Warping, Curling, Missing Shingles
One of the first signs that you may notice is changes in one or more shingles on your roof. If you have any shingles that are starting to warp or curl, they may have experienced excess exposure to various elements, such as the harmful rays of the sun, the heat, freezing temperatures, and even precipitation.
Warping and curling may be the beginning of distress, but a repair is essential. If left unrepaired, moisture will seep under the shingles, increasing the risk of roofing leaks and extensive water damage.
Also, if your roof is missing shingles, consider replacing your roof. Without shingles, the underlying roof surface will lack the protection it needs from the elements, which will lead to leaks and damage to your home.
Granules in Gutters, Around home
During the manufacturing process, a layer of asphalt granules is added to the surface of the shingles. These granules serve a few purposes.
Not only do the granules protect your asphalt shingles from the harmful UV rays of the sun, but they also protect the shingles and the underlying roof surface from fire and moisture.
Unfortunately, over time, the granules tend to shed from the surface of your asphalt shingles, falling into gutters and the area around your home.
If you notice chunks or speckles of asphalt in your gutters or around your home's exterior, your granules are most likely shedding. This means your shingles are worn and your roof needs to be replaced.
Shingles are Old
Asphalt shingles are incredibly durable, but they are not meant to last forever. If you have visible damage to the shingles, missing shingles, or an accumulation of asphalt granules around your home, you should replace your roof. In addition, if you know your roof is old, it is time for a replacement.
On average, asphalt shingle roofs have a life expectancy of 20 years. If you are approaching this age or have passed this age, investing in a new roof is smart. Contact an asphalt roofing service for more help.