There are some quite obvious signs that your asphalt shingle roof may need to be replaced, like a tree crashing through your roof during a storm, a flowing leak or large section of your missing shingles after a windstorm.
In addition to the obvious there are many more subtle signs that you may need to have your roof replaced. Have a look at our guide and see if you find any clues that say you should have a professional roof inspection immediately.
Shingles Missing Granules:
Granules are small stone like particles of asphalt that give the shingle it's a rough texture. Some granules are embedded in the shingle and others interlock with embedded granules but are much more loose by design.
A clear sign of a weathered roof is granule loss on the shingles. Shingle granules are important for a couple of key reasons. First they help reflect UV rays off of homes roof, which helps keep your home cool. Granules also offer an added layer of fire resistance, making them particularly important in dry, hot climates. One of the other key benefits is their aesthetic appeal bringing texture to your roof which is a key and often overlooked architectural aspect of your home.
Moderate granule loss is common and shouldn’t raise concern, but if your shingles are becoming bald, it’s time to have your roof inspected and see if you need a roof replacement.
Bent & Curled Shingles
Should you see the shingles on your roof are curling around the edges, this is a key indicator that a roof replacement is in your near future. These malformed shingles often allow water to seep underneath causing damage the structural integrity of your roof. Another major effect of this shingle deformation is that they become less aerodynamic and more susceptible to being ripped off in a windstorm. Like a chain with a weak link a roof with a loose shingle blowing away is likely to cause a chain reaction and multiple shingles are likely to be lost leaving a large vulnerable space on your homes roof.
Broken or Cracked Shingles
Shingles that are broken or cracked cause similar issues to bent & curled shingles. Cracked shingles start to let moisture into your roof deck, creating more damage, including wood rot and even mold. Should you see cracked or broken shingles on home's roof, you should replace them asap, as they are even more damaging to the structural integrity of your roof than curled shingles. Ignoring a few cracked shingles, may turn a simple and affordable roof repair into a complex roof replacement.
When the climate is cooler and your roof doesn’t get a lot of sunlight, it encourages the growth of moss on your roof, particularly between roof shingles. This is a potential hazard to your roof as moss locks the moisture against your roof, which eventually seeps into and weakens your roof deck. This moisture can start to cause shingles to crack when they begin to freeze. While moss isn’t our roofs biggest enemy and it can even be somewhat nostalgic on the right home, it is still worth contacting a professional roofing contractor to check it out.
If you have additional questions about your roof and if it should be repaired or replaced contact Above for a free professional opinion? Call our team at (908) 588-9575 or fill out our online contact form for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!