The shingles on your roof have a very important job. These thin pieces of asphalt form a barrier between your home and the elements, transferring water off of your roof and into your gutters to prevent water damage to your home. It’s important to know how to tell when your shingles need attention.
The biggest sign you might notice that your roof needs replacement is missing shingles. When you check your roof and see the exposed roof bed, you need to call a roofer as soon as possible. Missing shingles on your roof means the roof is exposed to water the next time it rains. Once water gets under the shingles and touches the roof bed, it has the potential to cause significant water damage that can spread into different parts of your home.
The shingles on your roof will not retain their colors forever, and some fading is normal after a few years. However, if you have a patch on your roof that is noticeably discolored compared to the rest of the roof, this could be a sign of water damage or even mold growing under the discolored area.
Curling and Chipping Shingles
When you notice pieces of your shingles falling through your downspouts or some shingles curling up their edges, take these issues as signs that your shingles need attention as soon as possible. Chipping and curling happen because of weathering and wind damage, so if your shingles seem to be showing more and more of these symptoms recently, it’s probably wise to assume you’ll need to replace your roof sooner rather than later.
Take time to regularly inspect your roof just by walking around at ground level and seeing what you can see. If you notice these or other problems with your roof’s shingles, it’s a good idea to contact a roofing contractor as soon as you can to arrange a roof replacement. Hadley Roofing in Medford, OR offers professional roof installation, and we can help you replace your asphalt shingle roof or install a new metal roof. Contact us today for more information about these options.