Four Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Roof’s Shingles

Proper Roofing is Vital

Possibly because the life of roof shingles lasts a long time or the fact that roof shingles are kind of an “out of sight, out of mind” home project. Roof shingles can be considered not all that important, until the roof begins to leak, the shingles begin to deteriorate or a windstorm blows away an impressive amount of shingles. Then this out-of-site, out-of-mind portion of your home can wreak havoc on your life. At American Roofing USA, one thing we know is, when shingles need to be replaced, the time frame is usually immediate. So, what are the signs to look for to signal it’s time for shingle replacement?

Four Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Roof’s Shingles

It’s important to know that the average lifespan of a shingle roof is about 25 years, which means no shingle roof was made to last forever. But, what about other issues that might arise, as well? What should a person watch for to stay ahead of substandard roof shingles that could cause further damage?

Following are the four signs American Roofing USA sees most often that signal a shingle replacement is here:

  1. Aging shingles – with time, wear and tear, eventually, shingles become stained, collect condensation, or get blown away. Particular locations can expedite the declining process because of harsh weather conditions, including areas where extreme cold and extreme heat are common. Snow also impacts the integrity of shingles and, even worse, ice. A good rule of thumb is to conduct routine roof maintenance by inspecting your roof once a year. With more serious concerns, hire a professional. Avoid using a ladder. Instead use binoculars. While inspecting, look for shingles that are curled, cracked, lifting up on the edges, missing or have dark places were the granule-finish has worn off. Make sure your maintenance inspection includes a look at the internal side of your roof as seen through your attic. Check around the underside of the chimney and the stack vent to make sure no light is coming through, which means your flashing is damaged. Always check for water stains, especially after severe weather. The last thing you need is to wait so long that the water breaches the roof and causes flooding.
  2. Shingle damage – Your roof is your protector and works had to protect you from the elements, including wind, rain, hail and heat. Over time, these factors can take a toll on the integrity of your shingles, particularly if the roof was not constructed well in the first place. The minute you see a change in your shingles, call a professional and have your roof inspected. This one act alone can keep down the cost of shingle replacement.
  3. Shingle discoloration – whether this is faded shingles from harsh heat and sunlight, darkened shingles from missing granules, dark streaks as a result of airborne algae and moss, all of these factors can ruin shingles and cause further roof damage. Do not hesitate to call a roofing expert to inspect your roof.
  4. Missing shingles – when shingles start to go missing, they must be replaced. Missing shingles will impact the integrity of a roof. When it comes to missing shingles, it’s better to error on the side of safety and replace any missing shingles sooner rather than later.

What American Roofing USA Can Do

At American Roofing USA, we know roofs. Because of this, we can help prevent costly damage by inspecting your shingle roof for any compromising issues that could jeopardize this  important part of your home. Contact American Roofing USA, today, at 720-500-7663 (ROOF) and let us help you save your roof and save your money today.

2 thoughts on “Four Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Roof’s Shingles

  1. John says:

    Appreciating the time and energy you put into your blog and detailed information you offer. It’s awesome to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same unwanted rehashed material. Great read!

  2. Oscar Morrison says:

    I appreciate knowing that missing shingles put the rest of the roof at risk and should be replaced quickly. Our cat got stuck on the roof yesterday, and when I climbed up there I noticed that part of the roof we don’t usually see had a couple of gaps. We’ll have to have someone come put that back together and make sure the rest of the roof is doing alright too.

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