If you know your asphalt shingle roof is more than 20 years old, it's likely past its lifespan and should be replaced before there is a problem. There are a lot of easy-to-notice signs you can search for on your own, to see if your roofing shingles are becoming a problem.
Replacing the shingles on your home doesn't just make your roof stronger, but it will also help with energy efficiency, and it will improve the curb appeal at the same time. Here are a few indications that the shingles have to go.
If the shingles are blistering, your roof could be exposed to danger like leaks or insect infestations. The blistering occurs when the ventilation system isn't working properly, and the shingles get hot enough to bubble and burst.
You'll want to replace any shingles that show blistering, or all of the shingles if a majority of the shingles are affected. The roofing contractors should also fix the ventilation problem at the same time.
Grainy Debris in the Gutters
Cleaning the gutters is something that you should do at least annually, and if you find grainy debris similar to sand in the gutters, your shingles need replaced. This means the textured coating that protects the shingles from water and other damage is worn, and your roof isn't as protective as it needs to be.
If you find shingles on the ground that are bent, or if you have shingles that are peeling off the roof, these are both signs of ventilation flaws. You'll want to have the shingles removed from the roof, and you'll look for water damage on the inside of the attic, or directly below the roof line. If the shingles are tearing off the roof or in half, they could be waterlogged or rotted. Both problems are a huge concern.
Have a roofing contractor come to the home to do an inspection, to see what is wrong and what potential risks you have. If you are worried about the cost for new shingles, compare the costs of multiple contractors and supplies, until you find a price you can afford. There are many contractors, such as Affordable Roofing & Gutters, that have payment plans. Let your homeowner's insurance provider know of the project in case you want additional renovation coverage, and you may get a discount on your policy after the project is completed for making your home safer.