Roof Damage vs. Normal Roof Aging: What’s the Difference?

A professionally installed and maintained asphalt shingle roof can last up to 20 years. During those 20 years, the asphalt shingle roof will take a hammering from rain, wind, snow and heat, which can damage the shingles. It’s normal to see wear and tear. But how can you determine if your roof has aged naturally or if it has been damaged?

Roof Damage

Here’s the difference between roof deterioration due to normal aging and real damage, from siding and roofing experts Thompson Roofing and Construction. 

Signs of Normal Wear and Tear

Wear and tear on roofs isn’t regarded as an emergency requiring quick repair or replacement. But there are warnings to notice. Unaddressed, they may lead to more significant problems affecting the roof’s structural stability. Here are some examples:

  • Fading Color

Exposure to harsh weather, particularly direct sunshine, fades the color of shingles over time. While fading shingles may appear weaker, they are purely aesthetic. Keep an eye on them because they may be nearing the end of their lives.

  • Lifted Shingles

High winds can lift asphalt shingles, exposing the underlying components to moisture, possibly damaging them. If you live in an area prone to high winds, consider reinforced shingles.

  • Granule Loss

Do you have some black gravel in your gutters? These are the protecting grains that used to be on asphalt shingles. While granule loss is a normal component of aging, too many of these particles in your yard could indicate a failing roof.

Signs of Roof Damage

If you notice any of these indicators of roof damage, contact a roof repair services provider for a comprehensive inspection:

  • Missing Flashing

Flashing is used around chimneys, valleys, skylights and walls. If the flashing material contracts due to weather changes, the flange will lift and allow water in. This can cause leaks and other water-related issues, including mold and mildew.

  • Cracked Vents

If your roof vents have cracks, call a roofer to fix them. Damaged roof vents can cause moisture buildup, swelling and rotting if left unattended for a long time.

  • Sagging 

It’s not safe to have even a modest roofline curve. It’s possible that damage beneath the shingles requires prompt replacement. Further delay may lead to roof collapse.

Thompson Roofing and Construction has been operating since 2008. As a family-owned firm, we always take a hands-on approach to each job we do. We guarantee quality craftsmanship on all roof repair, replacement and new construction projects.

Call us at (256) 252-3188 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve customers in Huntsville, AL, and the surrounding communities.