Asphalt shingles are designed to last for several decades, but what happens as they near the end of their lifespan? Our roof replacement experts give you an account of what happens to shingles as the years go by.
Factors at Play
Shingles tend to age because of wear and tear caused by different factors. The sun, rain and wind have the biggest effect on shingles, but other elements such as the lack of maintenance and problems on other home components can also contribute to the acceleration of the aging process.
The most common sign of aging on shingles is granule loss. This refers to the tendency of asphalt shingles losing the granules embedded on their surface. The granules are there to give the shingles their distinct look, but more so because they protect the roof from the sun. Severe granule loss shows up as a buildup of black sand-like particles in the gutters. You can also use granule loss as a basis for whether you need to call for roof repair services sooner than later.
Although asphalt shingles have a unique texture, they still have a uniform color throughout each shingle’s surface. Over time, UV rays and erosion caused by water and wind can cause asphalt shingles to develop patches of a discolored surface. While fading doesn’t affect the shingle’s ability to function, it can cause your home’s curb appeal to take a hit.
Warping or Cracks
The most serious sign of aging, physical deformities and damages will severely affect your roofing system’s efficiency. Warping can manifest in the form of cupping (shingles with their center rising up), curling (corners rising up), or cracking. The first two can be prevented by calling a roofing contractor like Genesis Roofing to have your ventilation and insulation checked. Cracked shingles can’t be repaired, but we can easily replace damaged ones to keep your roof safe from leaks.
Be ready to get a new roof to replace your aging shingles. Genesis Roofing is your leading source of asphalt shingles in Des Moines, IA. You can contact us at (515) 202-1667 or fill out this contact form to request an estimate for free.