Rather than waiting around for a roof leak to happen, it’s much better for homeowners to be proactive. If you have an asphalt shingle roof, take some time to familiarize yourself with the warning signs that you might need a new roof. This allows you to address potential problems quickly and get the roof repaired or replaced before it allows damage to your home.
Here are some of the biggest warning signs of a failing roof.
The age of the roof. Before deciding whether a roof replacement is warranted, first consider the age of the roof. Asphalt roofs generally last 20-25 years, though unfortunately many of the older-style shingle roofs don’t last as long as they’re supposed to. If your roof is between 15 and 20 years old and you’ve already noticed signs of deterioration, then a roof replacement is often inevitable.
Shingles that are curling and breaking. As shingles age, the asphalt inside them starts drying up, causing the shingles to shrink and the edges to become brittle, curl and even break. Once this happens, you may begin to lose them to high winds. If you can see that curling shingles are a widespread problem on your roof, that’s a good indication that the roof is nearing the end of its life.
Bald patches on the roof. Asphalt shingles are covered in granules meant to protect and preserve them from the sun’s harmful UV rays. If you observe a proliferation of darker areas on your roof (or lighter ones, depending on the color of your shingles), it’s likely that your roof has started to lose those protective granules. The best way to know for sure is to check your gutters. If granule loss has become a problem, there will be excessive amounts of granules in the gutters.
If you’ve noticed these warning signs of potential roof failure, it’s time to call in the professionals. Give Stapleton Roofing a call at (602) 562-4991 or (602) 833-ROOF to schedule a free estimate and learn more about our many services.