Asphalt Shingles and Replacing Your Roof

What you can expect when it’s time to get a new roof installed.

Published May 18, 20213 min read

The roof of your home is exposed to the elements every day. From scorching heat, ice and snow, to heavy winds and rain, your roof protects your home and keeps it comfortable and dry. When your shingles start to crack or curl, it’s best to be proactive and replace your roof. 

Signs to replace your roof

There are seven signs that your roof might need to be replaced:

  1. The granules on your asphalt shingles are thinning. All asphalt shingles have granules, what looks like pebbling, that protects the shingles from weather. When the granules start to wear away, you’ll see bald spots form, which means the shingles degrade quicker.
  2. The shingles are curling and showing signs of cracks. If large areas of your roof’s shingles are curling up at the corners, bunching in the center, or cracking, you run the risk of water damage anytime it rains. 
  3. Moss is growing on the shingles. Moss and algae on your shingles is mostly a cosmetic problem and can be removed when spotted. However, if left to grow, it can reduce your shingles’ life expectancy because it traps moisture against the roof’s surface.
  4. Sections of shingles are missing. Shingles protect your home’s underlying roof, attic and insulation. When missing, your roof is exposed to the elements which will eventually lead to leaks and water damage.
  5. Your shingles are approximately 20 years old. Generally, you can expect shingles to last 20 years or more, unless the shingles are showing signs of age and deterioration.
  6. You can see water damage and stains on your ceiling. Any water stains that develop inside are a sign that your roof may be failing and needs to be replaced.
  7. The roof sags. If any part of your roof begins to droop, it’s time to call in a professional to replace your roof’s shingles and fix the roof’s deck. The deck of the roof is the wood (or plywood) that lies underneath your shingles.

Why choose asphalt shingles for your roof

Asphalt shingles are very popular with homeowners. The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) claims four out of five homes are roofed with them and the reason for this, according to ARMA, is because:

  • Asphalt shingles come in a variety styles, colors, shapes and textures
  • Asphalt shingles are easy to install and affordable
  • Asphalt shingles do well in extreme temperatures and where wind, water, and ice are common 
  • Minimal effort is needed to maintain asphalt shingles

Added benefits of replacing your roof with new asphalt shingles

One of the main benefits of replacing the shingles on an aging roof is to protect your home from the elements. However, there are other benefits to replacing your roof with asphalt shingles, such as:

  • Help save money on your energy bill. Like new windows, doors, furnaces, and home appliances, you can buy shingles that are energy efficient and ENERGY STAR® rated. The ENERGY STAR® label is a government-backed program by the Environmental Protection Agency to help homeowners pick products that will help lower energy consumption and costs.
  • Improve your home’s curb appeal. Replacing your old shingles can help your home’s curb appeal. Shingles come in a variety of styles and colors and installing a new roof can update the look of your home.

How to prepare your home for installation day

Once you’ve committed to having your roof replaced, there are a few steps you can take to ensure the project goes smoothly:

  • Plan an outdoor workspace where the installers can park and set up their equipment.
  • Park your vehicle in a place where the crew’s truck doesn’t block you in when they arrive.
  • If you use your attic as a storage space, you’ll want to cover your possessions to catch the dirt and debris that may fall through.
  • If your home does not have an attic, do a walk-through of the upper level of your house. Remove anything off the walls that could potentially fall from the vibrations and pounding of machinery and workers overhead.
  • Move outdoor furniture and grills away from the exterior walls of the house. It’s likely debris will fall from the roof and this will minimize cleanup and damage.
  • Ensure your children and pets are kept safely away from the work area.
  • If you’ll be home while the work is being done, expect it to be noisy. And, if you won’t be home, provide the crew with a means to get a hold of you should anything require your attention.

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