If part of your roof is starting to look a little faded or rough, you may be wondering whether or not you should replace some of the shingles in the near future. Besides the overall appearance, look for the following signs that it's time to give at least part of your roof a facelift before it starts to leak
You Notice That the Shingles' Edges Are Starting to Curl
If your roof is looking a little rough or uneven, one of the first signs for which you should be looking can be found along the edges of the shingles themselves. When shingles are new and/or in good shape, they lay flat against each other and the roof so as to keep water from seeping underneath.
However, the asphalt-based material will start to dry up after years of constant exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays and winds. As the shingles dry out, their edges may start to curl up or under, giving your roof's surface a rough appearance.
If the edges are curled up or under, the shingles will no longer be able to seal out moisture. You will also not be able to straighten them out without a high risk of them cracking. In this case, they will need to be replaced.
You Start Finding Tiny Black Specks in Your Gutters or on the Ground
Another sign that it's time to replace some of your roofing shingles is a lot more subtle than obvious damage or curling. You may start to find tiny black specks in your gutters or on the ground around your house that you cannot otherwise explain.
These black specks come from the top of the shingles. The granules' purpose is to roughen the shingles to help them withstand rain, snow, and ice. After years of weather changes, wind, and impact, these specks start to easily come off. The shedding of the specks is also a sign that the shingles are starting to deteriorate.
If you start finding the specks, look at the roofing shingles on the side of your home where you found them. You may find that an area appears to be shinier than the rest. When you have a roofer look at your home, make sure you point these sections out as possible problem areas.
While replacing shingles showing the above signs yourself is possible, consider hiring a professional to do the job for you to decrease the risk of further damaging your roof, especially if you have never done such work before. Contact a roof repair service near you to discuss your options.