2 Signs Your Shingles Are Shot

by Claude Walters

Are you trying to figure out if your roof needs to be replaced? Contrary to popular belief, those shingles won't last forever. Unfortunately, many people make the mistake of ignoring those shingles until they are completely destroyed. Here are two signs that your shingles are shot, and how a roofing contractor might be able to help.

1: Granules in the Gutters

Have you ever wondered why asphalt shingles allow water to bead off of your roof? Believe it or not, those simple little sheets are covered with crushed aggregates bound to the surface with a strong tar-like binder. Unfortunately, water and sunlight can break down this binding agent over time, allowing those tiny rock particles to roll off of your roof. When shingles start to break apart, they aren't able to protect your home from damage.

Fortunately, you might be able to see if your shingles have started to break apart by checking out your gutters. If you notice loads of loose granules sitting in those rain gutters when you do your seasonal cleaning, it could be a sign that your shingles have reached the end of their lifespan. However, a professional roofing contractor, such as Economy Roofing, will be able to assess the damage, let you know how much more life you can expect out of those roofing materials, and give you a quote for new shingles.

2: Curled Shingles

After water has started to penetrate those shingles, they might start to warp and curl upwards. When shingles have been compromised, they are more likely to catch the wind, blow away, and leave your home incredibly susceptible to additional damage.

If you aren't excited about climbing on top of your roof, whip out a simple pair of binoculars. You might be able to inspect those shingles for signs of damage from the sidewalk, so that you don't risk falling off of your ladder. If you notice areas where shingles have started to curl, contact your roofing contractor right away.

If the damage is confined to one location, he or she might be able to repair small areas to save you money. Professionals will also be able to look at the underlying sub-roofing materials to check for additional damage, so that your home remains structurally stable.

Being able to recognize the signs of damaged shingles might help you to call a roofing contractor before it is too late, so that you can avoid troublesome water damage.