Four Not-So-Obvious Signs That Your Asphalt Shingles Need to Be Replaced

If you have an old asphalt shingle roof, it may be time to have it replaced. Even though the roof appears to be in good condition at first sight, there may be some hidden signs that your roof is in need of replacement. These signs can include things like loss of granules on the shingles, curling of shingles in some places or moisture in places like attic insulation. Shingles have a life span and will need to be replaced once they have reached the end of their life. Here are four signs that can tell you it is time to have your roof replaced.

1. Loss of Shingle Granules in Gutters or Runoff

One sign of an outdated roof that needs to be replaced is the loss of granules. This can sometimes be seen in gutters where they collect from roof runoff. If you do not have gutters, they may be on the ground where water sheds off your roof. This is not always noticeable damage, but a sign of age and that the roof is nearing the end of its life. If your roof has many of the small granules falling off the shingles, then it may be time for you to have it replaced.

2. Deformation of Some of the Shingles

Shingles can also curve at the edges or begin to deform, which can be a more obvious sign that your roof needs to be replaced. Sometimes, this is not something that is completely visible from the ground if there is only slight deformation. If you get on a ladder, look at your shingles and notice that some are slightly deformed, it is likely that you need to have your roof replaced. This is something that can happen faster with fungus growth on the shingles in shaded areas of your home.

3. Moisture In the Attic or Under the Eaves 

Moisture in the attic can be another sign of roof damage or that you need to replace your roof. This can sometimes be seen in insulation, which is there is extensive evidence of moisture; it is likely that the shingles need to be replaced. Another sign of can be watermarks on eaves and other areas where water may be leaking through the roof. These problems can lead to more serious water damage problem, which is why you will want to have them addressed quickly.

4. Damaged or Missing Shingles in Areas Like Valleys

Another sign that you need a new roof is damaged or missing shingles. On the main body of a roof, this is something that can sometimes be obvious. There are areas of the roof such as valleys, which can hide these problems and may not be as noticeable. If you have extensive damage to the valleys on your roof or behind chimneys, this can be a sign that you need to have your roof replaced.

These are some of the not so obvious signs that will tell you it is time for you to have your shingles replaced. If you need help determining if you roof just needs repairs or needs to be replaced, contact a professional roofing contractor and have them evaluate the condition of your roof.