If you own a home with asphalt shingle roofing, you chose wisely. Asphalt shingle roofing provides excellent protection, fire and algae resistance, low-cost maintenance, energy efficiency, durability, versatility. While asphalt roofing lasts a great amount of time, typically just above two decades, at some point shingle repair will be necessary. You may own an older home or have been living in your own home for about 20 years.
Here are a few signs that it’s time for asphalt shingle repair or replacement.
Age and the elements can contribute to the lack of shingles on your roof. If your home has had the same roof for almost or over 20 years, the sun, wind, and rain can cause shingles to fly off due to their already diminishing condition. When you notice a lack of shingles on your roof, it’s time for a shingle replacement.
Curled or Cracked Shingles
The lifespan of your roof also determines the look of your asphalt shingles. When age has taken over, your shingles may curl and/or crack, leading to your roof’s inability to function optimally. When this happens, it’s time to obtain a roof inspection from a reputable roofing company. While normal circumstances call for annual or biannual inspections, this is a situation where obtaining the help of a qualified contractor is necessary.
Wet and Dirty Shingles
Wet, dirty, dark, moisture-ridden shingles also call for shingle repair or replacement. When moisture is trapped underneath your asphalt shingles, they aren’t doing their job anymore. A darker, wet appearance may be apparent even in sunny, warm weather. When you see this, it’s a major sign that you need to hire a roofer to inspect your roof.
Falling Shingle Granules
Asphalt shingles tend to shed their granules when they’re reaching the end of their lifespan. Granules look like black sand. When you spot these granules in your gutters, it’s a sign that asphalt shingle repair or replacement is around the corner.
If you have an asphalt shingle roof, look for these signs that it’s time to contact a qualified roofing company for help. For those in Maryland and Washington DC, look to ROOFWORKS. We’ll assist you in any way we can so that your roof is in its best possible shape year-round. Contact us today!