Knowing When to Replace Your Shingle Roof

Knowing When to Replace Your Shingle Roof

Knowing When to Replace Your Shingle Roof

A roof in Akron and Canton, OH is built to last for several years, but as a homeowner, it's still important to understand and recognize what the warning signs are telling you that it's time to replace your shingle roof. Sometimes you may also find that the roof just becomes old and worn and doesn't actually lead to roof failure.

To keep on top of your roof and be able to fix any issues when they happen, you should check for the following signs that tell you it's time to replace your roof.

Curling or Clawing Shingles

As the roof ages and the asphalt and shingles get older, you may find that the shingles begin to curl or claw. The corners of the shingles begin to curl downward or upward, and this is often caused by excessive heat or inadequate venting. Moisture may become trapped under the shingles or heat being trapped in the attic can cause this kind of damage to shingles.

Bare Spots and Missing Granules

If you have noticed piles of granules stacking up, then you can be sure that they are coming from your shingles. If you can also see bare spots on your shingles, then you have probably been losing the granules from the shingles for a while. 

If you have an inappropriately placed downspout, bad valley drainage, or any other waterfall effect from the roof due to poorly designed drainage, the granules can wash away over time. Additionally, heat and sun exposure and aging can also cause missing granules and bare spots on your shingles. 

Broken and Missing Shingles

Broken or missing shingles allows for water entry points which can further damage the roof. Excessive winds and physical damage are the two most common reasons you will find that you are missing shingles or have several broken shingles. When you leave these issues unattended, they could lead to much bigger and even costlier problems. 

Shingles Begin to Buckle

You can visually see when the shingles on your roof begin to buckle because the shingles are usually set on a vertical slope. Wind and ice damage is common with these shingles, and it can also be caused by improper installation of the underlay, aging, and moisture. 

Flashings are Damaged

Roof flashings are often made with waterproof materials like rubber and plastic, or they can also be made from rust resistant metals like aluminum. The flashings are meant to seal in gaps on the roof and prevent water and moisture from entering these gapped areas. 

However, wear and tear and even age can cause the flashings to become damaged and begin to fail, and this is often a red flag letting you know it's time to replace the roof. 

If you notice any of these signs when inspecting your roof, it may be the time to contact a licensed professional to come out and assess the condition of your roof. Ignoring the signs of a worn and damaged roof can cause more damage in the future, so it's best to take care of any problems right away. 

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