The asphalt shingles market size is expected to be valued at $37.24 billion by 2025. This places it as the second most popular roofing solution among homeowners and contractors.
The roof’s ease of installation and cost-effectiveness are the major factors fuelling its rapid growth.
Asphalt shingles are also quite durable, with a lifespan of almost 12 years. But, you shouldn’t take comfort in the roof’s longevity. There’s always the possibility of a shingle roof reaching the end of its useful life; despite its long durability and preventive measures put in place.
So, how do you know when to replace your asphalt shingle?
Read on to find out:
1. Shingles Curling and Buckling
Long exposure to weather elements such as rain, hail, and wind causes shingles to wear down and curl. If you notice curls on your roof, it’s time you started thinking of roof replacement.
Shingles curl mainly in 2 ways; clawing and cupping. Cupping occurs when the roof curls at the edges while clawing occurs when the middle comes up with the edges staying flat. How soon you should replace your curled roof depends on the extent of the curls.
The presence of granules on your gutter system is also a sign that you may need a new roof.
2. Roof Age
The age of your asphalt shingles dictates the time to have your roof replaced. You probably should be thinking of replacing your asphalt shingles when it’s nearing its typical lifespan limit.
But replacing your asphalt shingles depends on the roof’s installation over an existing roof or it’s just a layer of shingles. If the shingles were installed over several layers, the roof lifespan extends significantly. With a layer of shingles, you need to replace your roof if it’s older than the average lifespan.
3. Missing Shingles
Missing shingles signal potential leaks meaning you have to replace your roof as soon as possible. In most cases, adverse weather conditions such as strong winds or storms, often result in missing shingles.
You may not need to entirely replace the whole roof. You can patch the missing shingles using identical new shingles. At the same time, you should be ready to replace the entire roof in case a huge problem (leaks) arises.
Patching the missing shingles may not be a bad idea until you realize that finding a new shingle to match the old one is pretty annoying. Not unless you want your roof looking like a checkerboard, it’s best you replace the entire thing.
4. Ice Damming
The appearance of ridges of ice on the edges of the roof is an indication of ventilation problems.
Poor roof ventilation causes the heat from the attic to melt the snow on your roof. The melted snow trickles down to the edge of the roof where it freezes due to cold air.
The results is hanging icicles. The worst bit is that icicles add extra pressure on the shingles, creating crevices where water can seep into.
5. Discolored Ceiling
Water stains on the ceiling show that your roof is probably leaking. Moreover, if you can hear a dripping sound coming from your ceiling, definitely there’s a leak.
When there’s a leak the insulation on your attic will look soggy.
Likewise, if you can see some light through your roof board, it’s time to replace your roof.
6. Damaged Flashing
The flashing system helps prevent moisture from seeping into the joints of a roof. If it’s degraded or damaged, the roof is at risk of water damage. If the damage is severe, you may have to replace the entire roof.
7. Growth of Moss
The growth of moss on the roof is more of a cosmetic issue than a need for replacement. However, some homeowners may still choose to replace their roof since they don’t like the aesthetic.
Moss can be brushed off, but that won’t prevent it from growing again. Besides, brushing it off can scrape away the granules, rendering your shingles useless.
If you decide to replace your roof, try shingles that are algae-resistant.
Zinc strips are installed at the roof peaks to eliminate the growth of moss. Knowing when to replace your roof is good but it’d be better if you learned how to maintain your asphalt shingles to extend their lifespan. This will save you the cost of replacement as well as boost the lifespan of the shingles.
How to Maintain Asphalt Shingles
Here are tips to help you keep your shingles looking good as new:
Invest in Preventive Measures
Simple preventive measures such as cutting overhanging tree branches can go a long way into increasing the longevity of your shingles.
Climbing vines can also damage your roof scrapping the surface. So, it’s best you get rid of them.
At the same time, ensure the insulation of your attic is in good condition. This will prevent moisture build-up which may otherwise damage the roof’s sheathing and rafters.
Clean Your Roof
Accumulation of leaves and other debris on the roof creates an acidic environment that eats up the surface of the roof. When cleaning, it’s recommended to use a leaf blower or a soft-bristle broom to avoid damaging the roof’s surface.
It’s also worth noting that you may need the help of a roofing contractor since its dangerous climbing to the rooftop.
Catch Problems Early
Keeping an eye on your roof makes it easy to spot any issue before they turn out to be big problems. When the issues are addressed early enough, you’ll save on the cost of replacement and also boost the durability of your shingles.
Hire a Professional Roof Contractor
Although the internet is full of DIY roof maintenance projects, some may require the skills of a professional roof contractor. For instance, it’s very difficult to replace the entire roof all by yourself.
You’ll need a professional to install it in the best way possible to prevent future problems.
Professional Shingle Roof Replacement From Westchase Roofing Services
Asphalt shingles are among the most durable roofing solution in the market. However, you may need to replace your roof sooner than expected as it degrades with time. For a complete guide on when to replace your shingle roof and to maintain it for longer be sure to use the tips above.
Do you have an upcoming roof replacement project?
Contact us at Westchase Roofing Services to request a quote.