Roof shingles can be damaged for a variety of reasons. In Arizona, the biggest culprits are hail storms, monsoons, and high temperatures. Damaged shingles leave your roof vulnerable to the elements, which can cause damage down the line. That’s why getting them repaired or replaced as quickly as possible is important. If you suspect some shingles on your roof may have been damaged by a storm, keep reading to learn about when to repair a roof shingle.
How Long Do Roof Shingles Last?
The most typical material used for shingles roofs is asphalt. Asphalt shingles last anywhere from 15 to 30 years, depending on the climate where you live and how well you take care of your roof. Other popular shingle roofing materials include composite and rubber. Composite shingles are the most expensive and last the longest – anywhere from 25 to 50 years. Rubber shingles typically last around 30 years. It is important to remember that in the Phoenix Metro area, all types of shingles have a reduced life expectancy due to extreme heat and UV deterioration.
How Do You Know When It’s Time To Replace Your Roof Shingles?
Even if we know how long roof shingles typically last, it’s better to know what to look for to determine if you need to replace them. To know when it’s time to replace your roof shingles, look for the following:
- Falling or broken shingles. Try to spot any shingles that are damaged and quickly get them replaced.
- Curling shingles. This looks like your shingles are peeling up at the ends and is often caused by aging and sun damage. At around 15 years of age, the adhesive strip holding shingles together become susceptible to strong winds which will loosen shingles and even blow areas completely off.
- Discoloration: If any of your shingles have dark or light spots that look discolored, it could be a sign that they’re missing granules. Granules are vital to protecting your roof from the sun. Without them, UV rays will damage your roof much more quickly.
When To Replace A Roof
If only a few of your shingles are experiencing the issues mentioned above, you can probably fix the problem by doing a minor repair and replacing the damaged shingles. However, any widespread problems with your roof point to a more severe issue and probably mean a total roof replacement.
You also need to consider age. If your roof is already fairly old, it may be worth replacing the entire thing instead of investing more money to fix it.
Get The Truth About Your Roof
Damaged shingles can leave your home vulnerable to more problems, so it’s important to have them fixed right away.
At Roofstar Arizona, our professional roofers can perform a complete roof inspection and give you a better idea of whether you have to replace your entire roof or just a few shingles. Our dedicated experts help homeowners in the Phoenix-Mesa area learn the truth about their roofs.
Call us today at (480) 426-1915 to get a free estimate on your roof repair.