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When Do I Need Asphalt Roof Replacement?

Very few homeowners will know when it's time to repair or replace their asphalt roof before it completely breaks down. It is generally hard to tell when to repair or when to replace your roof. There is no fool proof handbook and it is always up to you to schedule inspections for leaks and damage on your roof. Combining these pointers with other fixed facts will give you a rough estimate on when to do your asphalt roof replacement.

So what should you consider when deciding whether to replace or just repair your asphalt roof?

Consider the Roof’s Age

A typical asphalt roof will last between 20 and 25 years assuming that it was installed on a clean slate. If the new roof lies on an old set of shingles, you will have to replace it sooner since the layering doesn’t remove the old asphalt.

Old Dilapidated Shingles

When your shingles begin curling or buckling, it is a sign that you need to get your roof replaced. The curling goes along with the loss of granules and mostly happens when your shingles are beyond their life expectancy. If your roof is relatively young, you should consider contacting your seller to file a complaint and have the shingles replaced.

Look for shingle granules in the gutters and downspout drains whenever it rains. A few traces of granules shouldn’t alarm you. If you are getting more than a handful and your roof has an inconsistent color, you should consider changing your asphalt roof.

Missing Shingles

Sometimes, your shingles will actually be missing. They could have been blown away by the wind or just worn out over time. Missing shingles expose your roof to the elements and will spread like a malady infecting your entire roof. If you notice a couple of missing shingles soon enough, you can replace them without doing a complete roof overhaul.

However, when it is too late and a good percentage of the shingles are missing, it would be wise to replace the entire roof.

When you aren’t sure whether it is time to do a roof replacement, you can always call in the experts for a complete roof inspection. A good roofing contractor will give you a complete report and suggestions on what to do next. The sooner you get it done the better. A leaky roof puts the entire home at risk. ©

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