How to Tell When It’s Time to Replace Your Shingle Roof

August 24, 2016

How to Tell When It's Time to Replace Your Shingle Roof
Up on the housetop, click, click, click—no, not Saint Nick, but squirrels. If you have rodents and other pests invading your attic space through your roof, you have a smelly, noisy sign it may be time to replace your shingle roof. Shingle roof replacement is something most Oklahoma City homeowners will have to face at least once during home ownership. Do you know the seven signs that point toward a call to your local roofer?

Seven Signs You Need Shingle Roof Replacement

For some people, the actual look of their shingle roof does not matter. These are the same folks who often prop old cars up on cinder blocks. For most proud Oklahoma City homeowners, the appearance of their shingle roofs matter. If you see dark streaks, mold, moss or color fading, your roof is subtly reminding you of its age. Pest problems, age and discoloration are three of the seven signs spelling shingle roof replacement. Some others:

  • Missing or broken shingles—Never climb on your roof! If, though, from the ground or the relative safety of an extension ladder, you can see broken, cracked or missing shingles, consider replacing the roof.
  • Granule loss—While you are on that ladder, check out your gutters. If they feel like a rough beach (so far inland!) you are losing granules from your shingles, and losing water resistance. Expect leaks soon or contact Accord Construction about shingle roof replacement.
  • Water leaks—If you already have to navigate around waste baskets and pails during a typical Oklahoma City sunshower, you know your roof is past its prime. If your attic harbors mold, mildew or pests attracted by moisture, water is infiltrating.
  • Shingle shape—The typical three-tab shingle has a neat slit between each tab. If the tabs are cupped or buckling, or that slit is irregular (not straight), your roof has aged to a time when you need to replace it.

About that age issue; most shingle roofs are designed to provide dependable service for 20 years. After that, unless you invested in higher-quality shingles from GAF or CertainTeed, your roof is quickly losing its ability to protect your home.

Accord Construction

If you suspect your home is in need of shingle roof replacement, contact Accord Construction today to set up an appointment with one of our roofing experts. We can examine your roof and make recommendations at a time convenient to you.

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