When Is It Time to Replace Your Shingle Roof?

October 10, 2016

When Is It Time to Replace Your Shingle Roof?
Replacing the roof on your home is a big expense, so it’s not something you want to tackle unless it’s really necessary. On the other hand, you don’t want to wait until water leaks ruin your attic insulation, drywall, paint, and trim, or damage your carpets, flooring, and furnishings. If you’re trying to figure out how long your roof will last, the type of shingle that’s installed is a good starting point.

On average, three-tab shingles have an expected lifespan of 15 to 18 years, while more durable architectural versions can last for 24 to 30 years. These are just averages, though, and other factors like our Oklahoma temperature and weather extremes can make a shingle roof replacement necessary a lot sooner. One of the easiest ways to judge if your roof needs replacement is by learning about and identifying some of the most common signs of worn out shingles.

Signs That It’s Time for Shingle Roof Replacement

Although it’s impossible to predict exactly when your roof might fail, it’s wise to contact a dependable roofing company if you’re experiencing any of these issues.

  • Curled or buckled shingles. Aging shingles that are repeatedly exposed to high temperatures tend to curl up on the edges, or take on a raised-ridge or buckled appearance. When a storm moves through, the wind is likely to pull these damaged shingles further up or off, which can let driving rain underneath and leave the underlying decking unprotected.
  • Areas of broken or missing shingles. Asphalt shingles get brittle with age so they break easier. A few damaged shingles can be replaced, but if you have a number of gaps in the roofing where broken shingles have fallen off, it’s best to have a new roof installed rather than risk water intrusions into your home every time it rains.
  • Bald patches without granules. With time and exposure to the elements, the granules adhered to the surface of your asphalt shingles are going to come loose and get washed away. As the granules disappear, the substrate underneath becomes more vulnerable to damage from UV light and the elements. If you see dark, bald patches on your roof, the granules are virtually gone and your roof has deteriorated beyond the point of repair.

If you’re concerned about the condition of your shingle roof and need an expert opinion about whether it’s due for replacement, contact us at Accord Construction.

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