Asphalt shingles offer durable protection from the elements for your home. You can expect that your shingles will last about 20 years, but there are a variety of factors that can influence the life of your roof. Shingles can get damaged when in hot, direct sunlight, snow and ice can ruin the integrity of the shingles, or temperate weather can help the shingles last longer on your roof. If you have had a recent leak, it's time to have a specialist come and check out your roof. As they investigate the source of the leak, they will be checking the integrity of your entire roof. It is important to listen to the advice of the professional. If you have any concerns, you can always ask for a second opinion.
How Shingles Get Ruined Over Time
Extreme temperatures, direct sunlight and rough storms can all impact the integrity of your asphalt shingles. You'll know that your shingles are starting to fail if you see that they are fading on your roof. Another sign of shingle failure is that they will begin to curl up, away from the roof. You may even begin to find asphalt shingles on the ground. If this starts to occur, you should have your roof inspected, even if you haven't had a leak.
When It's Time to Repair Your Roof
If your overall roof isn't showing signs of damage, but you have a roof leak, it's important to identify where the water is coming from. You probably have damage from a recent storm, and it's likely that only one area of your roof has been compromised. A technician will look over your roof and be able to patch the area where the leak is coming from. If your roof is less than ten years old, you will probably be fine once the repair is done and you won't need a new roof for years into the future.
If a professional suggests that you get your roof replaced but you don't believe there is much wrong with your roof, you can always get a second opinion. If the second person also tells you that you need a new roof right away, then it's important that you listen to this advice. Ignoring the fact that your roof shingles are failing is only going to lead to bigger problems in the future. If you allow your roof to completely fail, you may end up causing structural damage to your home.