Is It time to replace your roof?
A roof replacement is a huge expense which is usually unplanned for. Look for some obvious tips of roof wear and tear.
More than 75% of homes in America have asphalt roof shingles installed on them. But how do you know when your roof needs to be replaced? Asphalt shingles come in many names, styles, and colors, the majority of roofs have either a 25-year or 30-year shingle.
A 25-year shingle is the standard older 3-tab shingle from the past. The 30-year shingle is architectural or laminated, meaning it has an additional layer laminated on top. This laminated layer gives the 30-year shingle extra strength.
However, the descriptors 25 and 30 year shingles are a bit of a misnomer, at least for Texans. The weather in Texas is too harsh for an asphalt shingle to last 25 years. It is more common that a 30-year roof may only last 15 to 20 years.
Why is this the case, you say? Well, let’s dive into 4 reasons why your roof may need replacing.
#1 Hail Damage
Often overlooked, Hail damage is the number one reason why Texans get so many roofs each year. Storm damage is a big deal especially in Texas. About 28% of all insurance claims account because of hail damage The amount of damage will determine whether you need replacement or if a roof repair will be satisfactory.
Remember, your insurance company always wants to do the cheapest option for them rather than what’s best for you. That is why it is crucial to have a professional roofing company meet with the adjuster at the inspection.
Fortunately, most adjusters are honest and fair, but they still must submit the damages for claim approval.
Tip: Consider having a roofer onsite during the inspection, more damages are discovered and paid without further hassle.
#2 Curled Shingles
25-year or 3-tab shingles often fall victim to curling as they age. Even a 30-year shingle can curl, but it is less likely to happen. Curled shingles are often a sign of poor ventilation. The entrapment of excessive heat and moisture from poor attic ventilation can cause premature failure of the shingles. This constant wet/dry cycle puts undue stress on the asphalt material.
NOTE: Always Be sure to have your roofing professional install proper ventilation on your home.
#3 Cracked/Brittle Shingles
An old roof will show signs that it needs replacement in several ways, but cracking brittle shingles is the most common.
When inspecting older roofs for repairs, we always take into consideration the brittleness of a shingle. Shingles that are too brittle may not be able to be repaired. During the repair process, many other shingles will damage. A small patch can result into a much more extensive repair.
#4 Missing shingles
Missing shingles can often result in your roof needing repair. During a severe storm some shingles may come falling off your roof.
What can happen if you don’t replace a missing shingle?
Will your roof leak with just one missing shingle? Maybe. Just because you lose a shingle or two doesn’t mean water will immediately drip from your ceiling. However, such a missing shingle could cause issues over time if the surrounding shingles deteriorate from exposure to water, wind and sunlight. And the older your roof is, the greater the chances are for progressive leak damage.
The reason it’s important to fix a roofing leak right away is because it can lead to damage inside your home, such as to the attic, crawlspace, ceilings, and insulation. Worse still, you may not find this interior water damage until it progresses and requires extensive repairs. To avoid water damage in your home, replace missing shingles as soon as you are aware of them.
If you would like a free inspection Patriot Construction DFW can help. Eric has 10+ years of experience in residential, and commercial roofing. his certifications include HAAG, and Xactimate. Previously, he was a claims adjuster with appraisal experience. He is also a shingle quality specialist with a certification through CertainTeed Shingles. If you have any questions for eric or his team please do not hesitate to reach out to him at