Shingles are a common roofing material because they are cost-effective and add a textured look to the home. With proper care and maintenance, your shingled roof should last for up to 30 years. The climate you live in and the type of shingles you choose can affect lifespan.
When your shingled roof needs replacement, you need to know the signs so you can effectively repair or replace affected areas before further damage occurs. Rainfall, high winds, age and other factors can cause shingles to tear, crumble or even fall off completely. Here are signs you need to replace the shingles on your roof.
Your Roof Has Warped Shingles
Shingles should lay flat, not curl upward or downward or have ripples in them. Years of wear and water damage can cause shingles to change shape. If you notice that a majority of your shingles are curling, call your roofing contractor. The warped shingles will need to be replaced before they crack or peel and expose your roof to weather damage.
Your Roof Has Missing Shingles
You might find shingles on the ground or laying on your roof when they pull away from the top of your home. Missing shingles is a concern because open areas of your roof become exposed to damage from pests and weather, and the shingles surrounding the bare areas can become weak and brittle without support.
You may only see missing shingles following a storm or high winds. If you notice even a few lost shingles on your roof, call your roofing contractor to repair the damage. In some cases, only the missing elements will need to be replaced, but if your contractor finds other signs of damage to your roof, they may recommend a full roof replacement.
Your Roof Has Old Shingles
If you can't remember the last time you upgraded the shingles on your roof or you've recently purchased your home and the roof is original, you will want to talk to your contractor about the life expectancy of the shingles you currently have adorning your home.
Your contractor can give you an estimate for how long they expect your shingles to last based on their current condition and the material they are made of.
Your Roof Has Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing material due to their low cost, but they also last the least amount of time. Asphalt shingles typically only last a few decades before they need to be replaced. Consider upgrading to clay or wood shingles, which are both attractive alternatives to asphalt and last up to 50 years.
Another option for shingles is slate shingles, which are costlier but attractive and have a long lifespan (up to 50 years or longer). Your roofing contractor can assist you in your new shingles selection based on your budget and what type of aesthetic appeal you would like your new roof to have.
Shingles are a classic way to finish off a roof and come in a variety of materials, colors and textures. Whether you want to upgrade your shingled roof to give it better curb appeal or to keep your home protected, the right contractor can make your roof secure and improve the quality of your home.
Your contractor will first examine your roof to identify whether full replacement is needed or if a few shingles can simply be replaced before going to work.
An updated shingled roof can last for many years. Talk to our roofing specialists at Charleston Roof & Windows to discuss your current roof's needs. We have the expertise to repair or replace your shingled roof quickly and efficiently.