How Do I Know If My Asphalt Shingles Are Bad?

Oct 11, 2020 | Blog, Roof Damage

Asphalt shingle roofing is probably the most common residential roof type in the United States. Their popularity is largely due to them being relatively cheap and easy to install. Asphalt shingle roofing tends to last 20 to 30 years but how do you tell when your roof has reached the end of its lifespan.

There are many tell-tale signs that indicate that your shingles have gone bad. Let’s break it down for you.

Spotting that your shingles have gone bad is not always obvious at first but most homeowners become aware of their roofing issues when they spot a water leakage. A water leak is usually a sign of a bigger roofing issue, these include:


Old Age

If you have moved into an old house or have been living in your home for a really long time there may be a possibility that your asphalt roof shingles have reached the end of their life expectancy. Asphalt shingle roofing usually lasts between 20 to 30 years depending on your maintenance and upkeep of the roof. If you think your shingles have reached the end of its life it is probably best to do an inspection or hire an inspector to survey the size of the problem.


Curling, Cracking or Lifting Shingles

Shingles that are curling and lifting have reached the end of their life expectancy. These shingles have been overexposed to the elements and are curling and lifting as a result. This lifting leaves the roof and your home exposed to further damage. Often excess moisture gathers underneath these shingles which can result in the growth of moss and mold and may also lead to water leakages.


Missing Shingles

If there are empty patches in your asphalt shingle roofing it is usually a sign that there are some shingles missing. This can be due to storm damage. You can also tell that some of your roof shingles are missing when you notice spots of sunlight shining through the roof of your attic. Missing shingles mean that the rest of your roof is not being protected, leaving your home exposed.


Shingle Granules

Have you noticed any shingle granules running down your gutters or flaking on your property? This could be a sign that your asphalt shingles have reached the end of their life expectancy. Older shingles tend to erode or break off resulting in shingle granules filling your gutter or property below.


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