Weathering, Withering Shingles: 3 Tips To Help Determine If It Is Time For A Roof Replacement

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Asphalt shingles are the popular choice of roofing materials, but they need maintenance and will eventually need to be replaced. When your roof is old and worn, it is time to look for damage and signs that it needs to be replaced, such as withering shingles that have curled up, loss of granules and cracking on the surface of shingles. Here are some tips to help you decide when the time has come to have a roof replacement done:

1. Withering Shingles That Have Curled Around the Edges

As your roof ages, the shingles begin to shrink due to the asphalt drying up. As the asphalt of things begins to dry, the edges of the shingles will begin to curl and cause the roof to look withered. The problem of curled up shingles is accelerated if you have problems with fungus on your roof. Look for signs of curling shingles with binoculars and inspect areas with shade more closely because this is where fungus is most likely to cause problems. If fungus is causing the wear, replacing the damaged section may be all

2. Loss of Granules That Cause Shingles to Be Exposed to Wear

Granules of shingles wear off shingles over time. This is one of the first signs of aging shingles that need to be replaced, which can be worse in areas where the roof gets more runoff. Look closely at the shingles on your roof for smooth surfaces that lack granules. In addition, look for isolated leaks and roof damage where granules have worn off and exposed the asphalt to the sun and elements. The lack of granules causes rapid decay of shingles and damage that can lead to leaks.

3. Aging Shingles That Are Beginning to Crack on The Surface

The surface of shingles can also crack as the asphalt ages. This is worse for homes that have little shade and get direct sunlight all hours of the day. When shingles begin to crack, it is time for a roof replacement before the cracks lead to leaks and more serious structural damage to your home. In addition to cracking, inspect your roof regularly for signs of storm and wind damage that may require repairs or a replacement.  

These are some tips that will help you decide when it is time to have roof repair done. If your roof is showing some of these signs of excessive wear, contact a roofing contractor to have a new roof installed on your home.

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