If you live in a residential suburb, chances are that most of the homes around you are covered with asphalt shingle roofs. As an inexpensive and good-looking roof solution, it’s no surprise that so many homeowners choose it. However, it is surprising how many homeowners allow their roofs to fall into a state of disrepair. Today we will share a few ways you can determine if your shingle roof is in need of repairs!
Granules in Your Gutters
The asphalt granules on your shingles work to protect your shingles from the elements. If your shingles are missing granules, they become susceptible to damages from rain, wind, and UV rays. The next time you clear your rain gutters, watch out for an excessive build up of granules. Shingles will lose some granules naturally, but a large number implies the shingles are either deficient or old.
Missing or Damaged Shingles
If extreme winds or a weather event have taken shingles off your roof, they need to be replaced ASAP. A large number of missing shingles is often a sign that your entire roof should be replaced. Curled, cracked, or buckled shingles also mean you need speedy repairs.
After about 20 years, you should consider roof replacement for asphalt shingles. Shingle roofing systems that have become too old can break down any time. If you do not have the age of your roof, your neighbors may be able to help, since it is likely that their roof is close to the same age.