Three Signs You Need To Replace Your Asphalt Roof
Asphalt roofing shingles are one of the most common roofing materials for both residential and commercial properties due to their relatively low price point, clean aesthetic, and high durability. However, despite being durable and able to resist a whole host of different weather conditions, asphalt shingles are not completely immune to damage. Over time, wear and tear can cause your shingles to begin to break down, making them less effective at sealing the elements out of the interior of your home. Understanding some of the early warning signs associated with a failing asphalt shingle roof can help you determine when you should start considering replacing your current roof.
One of the most serious warning signs associated with aged and worn asphalt shingles is if you notice that the edges of your shingles are curling upwards. A single curling shingle can be easily replaced on its own; however, if you can spot several curling shingles from the ground, and entire sections of your roofing are visibly misshapen, you should start thinking about replacing your roof. This warping and curling occur due to a combination of age and physical stress and means that your shingles are unable to create a proper waterproof seal over your roof.
Another clear sign of shingle wear that can be easily noticed is if you find small black grains throughout your gutters, or in the area immediately around the endpoint of your downspout. These grains come off of your shingles as they are worn down by friction, water exposure, and heat damage, and the prevalence of them throughout your gutters and yard means that your shingles are quickly approaching the end of their lifespan.
Interior Water Damage
Finally, another serious sign that your asphalt shingles are no longer in proper condition to protect your roof is if you notice that there are signs of water damage within the interior of your home. Any sort of discoloration, peeling paint or wallpaper, drooping ceiling sections, stains, or even mold and mildew growth on your exterior walls and the ceilings within your home mean that somewhere your asphalt shingles have left an opening that allows water to flow through. Determining the precise location of such a leak can be hard: get in touch with a residential roofing contractor to inspect your roof to determine if only a single section of your asphalt shingles needs to be replaced, or if the entire roof should be instead.