The type of shingle you have on your home will affect the overall life span of your roof.
3 Tab Shingles
3 Tab Shingles will usually not last as long, and are not as durable or flexible as Architectural shingles.
Architectural Shingles generally have a much higher quality composition of materials, are usually more durable and stand up to heat and weather better.
It’s important to look for the warning signs of a roof that might be nearing the end of life, so that you can plan accordingly for the replacement, when it’s time. Delaying the replacement could end up costing a lot more in repairs and create much bigger problems in the future.
7 Warning Signs that your roof that might need to be replaced:
1. Houston neighbors are having their roofs replaced
A weather event (hail, high winds, even Houston summer heat), may have effected your area and potentially have caused damage to your roof. Contact us and we can run a hail report to confirm if weather may have damaged your roof. Neighborhoods built around the same time, can begin to experience issues with their roofs around the same time (due to weather events, and or age of construction).
2. The roof is shiny or has bald spots
This means the shingles have lost their granules and the fiberglass mat is exposed. If the fiberglass mat is exposed it can wick moisture, and eventually will lead to leaks. The loss of granules might be due to end of life, tree coverage damaging the shingles prematurely, or foot traffic from trades people, etc. Tons of granules in your gutters also shows how much of the shingle protection has been lost.
3. Cracked Shingles
As shingles get older, they begin to lose their pliability and dry out causing them to crack—you might see this along the very edges of the roof-where ladders are placed against the drip edge
4. Shingle edges are curled
Again, due to the shingles becoming dried out, they become brittle and begin to cup at the edges. Shingles can also age prematurely due to improper ventilation as well.
5. Your roof is at least 20 years old
while many shingles are manufactured today for durability, any roof that is 20 years old, should be checked more frequently for signs of end of life damage.
6. Moss and dark streaks
Typically caused by algae, and or lack of sunlight. Moss Growth if left untreated can become a bigger issue, not just a cosmetic one. The moss can hold moisture against the shingle and if in a freezing climate can damage the granule structure of the shingles. Moss and algae—are not an immediate sign the roof needs to be replaced.
7. Your roof just looks old and worn
If it’s time for your Houston roof replacement, please contact us for a free quote today! We offer great financing options as well.
Call us today, your local choice for quality Houston roofing services & property specialists at (346) 333-7663.