As a homeowner, you take your responsibility to maintain your property seriously. As your home ages, you may be uncertain if it’s time to replace the shingles on your roof. Sure, some of them may be loose or falling off, but is it really time to go for a whole replacement now, or should you just get them repaired? This guide goes over all the major signs that it’s time to replace your shingles.

Be mindful that, in some scenarios, repair and maintenance may be the better option. However, sooner or later maintenance is no longer viable or cost-effective. When that time comes, Tim Leeper Roofing would be proud to replace your shingles and make your home more welcoming, beautiful, and safe from the elements. If you are in Nashville or the surrounding area, contact us when you’re ready to get your Speedy Fast Quote or call us at (615) 570-1732.

Shingle Types

Roof shingles are available in many different materials. Most common are asphalt, laminated asphalt, wood, clay, slate, and metal. Regardless of the material, the measure of roofing shingle quality comes down to how effectively it fulfills its purpose, which is to create a watertight, wind-resistant barrier that protects your roof from environmental damage. The longevity of your roofing shingles depends largely on the material they are made out of. Asphalt 3 Tab Shingles — the most common type of shingles — will last for about 20 years before needing to be replaced. Clay shingles, on the other hand, can last over 100 years. Wooden shingles can be expected to last for around 25 years before needing to be replaced.

Roof shingles are also a highly visible part of your home’s aesthetic, showcasing patterns, textures, and colors. A washed-out, tarnished, damaged roof is not only less effective at protecting your home from things like water leaks, but it also looks bad. If your roof shingles are reaching the end of their life, contact your local Nashville roofing contractor today!

How To Know When It’s Time To Replace Your Shingles

Most people don’t think much about the roof over their heads… until it starts to leak! Don’t wait to get it fixed only after water starts dripping down your kitchen walls — keep an eye out for these external signs you need a new roof:

#1: Missing Shingles

If there are some shingles missing on your roof, it may be a sign that your roof is rotting. Rotting is a common way for asphalt and wooden roofs to break down. Check to see that all of your shingles are intact.

#2: Shingle Granules in the Gutters

Another clear sign that it’s time to replace your roof is if your gutters are loaded up with shingle flakes and granules. As shingles reach the end of their life cycle, they start to granulate more as they break down.

#3: Curling and Buckling Shingles

Curling and buckling shingles is a serious problem that could compromise the effectiveness of your roof. Look in particular at the sections of your roof that get the most sunlight, as that is where curling is most likely to occur. This sign is most likely going to be accompanied by granules in the gutter, as well.

#4: Age

Without even having to look at your shingles, if they are over 20 years old, there’s a good chance they are drawing close or are already past the time to replace them. If your roof has already been replaced before, it may have been installed over another layer. If so, the lifespan of your roof may be even less, as installing a new roof over an older one can lead to aging symptoms to develop more rapidly, as moisture gets trapped between the two layers and speeds up the decomposition process.

#5: Rotting

Common to aging wood and asphalt roofs, rotting can be fatal to the effectiveness of your roof. Keep an eye out for rotten tiles, moldy buildup on groups of tiles, and for broken or missing tiles.

#6: Dark Streaks and Stains

Dark streaks and stains usually mean water damage. If you see dark streaks on the underside of your roof or running down the walls from the base of your roof, then there is most likely a leak, which can cause all sorts of serious damage.

#7: Moss and Algae

Moss and algae growth are not usually signs you need to replace your roof, but the growth of them on your roof can speed up the process of decay. It’s generally a good idea to power wash away moss and algae growing on your roof.

#8: Decaying Shingles

While rot occurs on wood and asphalt roofs, decay and cracking occur for shingles. Look for missing shingles, shingles out of place, cracking, and other signs of decay.

#9: Damaged Roof Valley

The place most vulnerable to damage and leaks is where two parts of your roof meet each other. When it snows or rains, this space is most vulnerable to leaks and other forms of damage, as it gets a lot of wear and tear. This requires the workmanship to have been good when the roof was installed to ensure a proper seal.

#10: Shoddy Workmanship

You don’t have to be a professional to spot shoddy workmanship. If your roof is all patched up with tiles that don’t look like they fit together right, then you can be pretty certain that your roof is not in good shape. Another sign of shoddy workmanship is if you have multiple layers of shingles from previous replacements. If that is the case, you know your last workmen cut corners and didn’t do a proper job.

What To Do When It’s Time to Replace Your Shingles

If you’re looking up at your roof and seeing any of these signs, you’re probably thinking about what to do now. We recommend you start by getting a free inspection of your roof; get a professional analysis to help paint a complete picture of what is wrong and what your options are going forward. If you are in Nashville, call Tim Leeper Roofing to schedule an inspection and get your roof either repaired or replaced before it leads to costly water damage or other problems.

At Tim Leeper Roofing, we know that you can’t afford to compromise on roofing materials or workmanship, and that is why we have provided the best roofing services in Nashville since day one. Our dedication to putting our customers first and delivering uncompromising excellence has made us Nashville’s Top Rated Local® Roofer. Contact us to get started!