Signs That Your Asphalt Shingle Roof Needs Replacement This Summer

Winter is finally over! Now that the weather is improving and contractors in your area are getting started on home improvement projects, it's time to assess the condition of your asphalt shingle roof. Knowing the signs that your roof needs replacement can help you save your home from costly water damage this spring and summer. Below are just a few signs that your roof needs replacement. 

Your Roof Has Multiple Leaks At One Time

A single roof leak could be the result of an isolated problem which may not have anything to do with the age and overall condition of the roof. However, a roof that experiences multiple leaks at one time, or multiple leaks in rapid succession, may be experiencing these leaks because it's at the end of its lifespan. Unless your roof has experienced multiple leaks for a clear reason, such as improperly installed solar panels, it's a good idea to speak to a contractor about having your roof replaced.

Adding A New Layer of Shingles Isn't An Option

Putting a new layer of shingles over an existing layer of shingles is a way of deferring a roof replacement on an old and damaged roof, and may be an option if your existing roof has only one layer of shingles. However, the maximum number of shingles that you can safely put on a roof is two. If your roof is old, in disrepair and already has two layers of shingles, reroofing is probably your best option. 

Your Shingles are Showing Signs of Wear and Tear

When asphalt shingles get old, they display tell-tale warning signs. Curling, discoloration and loss of granules are all indications that your asphalt shingles are nearing the end of their lifespan. You can tell if your shingles have this problem by inspecting the shingles for wear and tear, and looking in your gutters for piles of granules. 

Your Roof is Between 15 and 20 Years Old

Asphalt roofs have a lifespan of about 15 or 20 years. The exact length of time that your asphalt roof can last will depend on the quality of the shingles, your climate and how well you've maintained your roof since the last time it was replaced. However, if your asphalt roof is older than 15 years and it's having problems like leaks, it's probably time to reroof. 

Spring and summer are common times of the year for homeowners to seek roof repair and replacement. If you think that your home's asphalt shingle roof needs replacing this year, contact an experienced and qualified professional before business gets busy. Contacting a roofing professional early in the season will ensure that your contractor can work with your schedule, and may enable you to take advantage of more competitive rates. 

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