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6 Serious Warning Signs Your Asphalt Shingled Roof Needs Repair

Asphalt shingles are the clear winner as the most popular roofing option, so there’s a good chance your roof is covered in this type of shingle.

You can get asphalt shingles with warranties ranging from 15 to 30 years. But despite the durability and long lifespan, asphalt shingles are still susceptible to damage. Eventually, you may need shingled roof repair.

Leaks and stains on your ceiling are obvious signs of a problem. But you might be able to spot the need for a roof repair sooner if you know the signs.

Look for these six signs that your asphalt shingles need to be repaired or replaced.

1. Missing Shingles

If you notice that some of your shingles are missing, contact a roofing company right away. Replacing them is relatively easy, although it can be difficult to match the color exactly. If you wait to do anything about it, your roof can sustain major damage.

2. Curling or Cracking

Curling, cracking, or any other damage to shingles is a sign that it needs repair. If you don’t do anything about the damage, it can let in water and cause major leaking. Some of those signs happen with age and may mean you need a new roof. 

Cracking often happens due to wind damage. If you see cracked shingles in one area, you might be able to replace them. If it’s a widespread problem, you might need a new roof.

3. Lost Granules

Asphalt shingles are covered with granules, which help the roof shed water and protect it from damage, including UV rays and fire. Some types of damage can cause granule loss. You might notice bare patches on the shingles when you inspect them. You could also find granulates in your gutters.

This sometimes happens when your roof has hail damage. Other causes include old age, strong wind, rain, and walking on the shingles. If your roof is older and the granulate loss is uniform, it’s likely normal wear and tear. If it’s a newer roof or the loss is uneven, you could have damage that needs to be repaired.

4. Sagging Roof

If your roof doesn’t look straight and flat anymore, it could signal a major problem.

When the roof decking or rafters get wet, they can rot and consequently start to sag. This could mean your shingles aren’t doing their job of protecting the roof.

The need for repair is greater and more urgent when you see this warning sign. If you don’t repair it soon and correctly you can incur greater damage.

5. Wear Near Roof Structures

Roofs often have chimneys, vents, and other items that stick up through them. They should be sealed well and have good flashing or boots around the base, but those areas are often susceptible to wear and damage. Inspect your shingles closely in those areas. If they seem more worn than other shingles, they could need repair.

6. Algae Growth

Algae growing on shingles can eventually cause damage. It can also shorten the life of your shingles. You might also notice dark spots or areas that always look wet. This could mean moisture is being trapped in or under the shingles, which can cause damage to the roof.

Get Shingled Roof Repair Services

Are you concerned that you need shingled roof repair? Looking for telltale signs of damage helps you know whether or not it’s time to call a roofing company.

If you need asphalt shingle repair in the Lake of the Ozarks area, contact us today.

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