What Happens When Asphalt Shingles Age?

As with any roofing system, an asphalt shingle roof will age over time. It’s important to understand the causes behind it so you can be aware of when repairs or replacements may be necessary. Roofing and siding expert Sterling Exteriors discusses more below.

What Happens When Asphalt Shingles Age?

How Asphalt Shingles Age

Asphalt shingles are designed to withstand the elements, but over time, they will show signs of deterioration. A close-up inspection can help in identifying them, with shingle cracking and curling being the most common. If left unaddressed, these issues can worsen, leaving your roof and your home compromised.

Some of the other common signs of asphalt shingle aging include:

  • Fading. Asphalt shingles can fade over time due to exposure to UV radiation from the sun.
  • Missing granules. Asphalt shingles are coated with small, pebble-like granules that help protect the shingles from the elements. If you notice that these granules are missing or already collecting on the ground or in your gutters, it may be a sign that your shingles are aging.
  • Leaks. If you notice water stains on your ceiling or walls, it could be a sign that your asphalt shingles are no longer providing adequate protection for your roof.

If you notice any of these signs, it may be time to have your roof inspected to determine whether it will only require simple repairs or must be replaced entirely.

Factors Affecting the Rate of Asphalt Shingle Aging

The rate in which asphalt shingles deteriorate depends on a few factors. Some of these include:

  • The quality of the roofing material. Low-quality shingles are more likely to fail early than high-quality ones.
  • The roof’s structure orientation. South-facing roofs are exposed to the sun’s UV rays, which means the asphalt shingles are more likely to experience thermal expansion. Also, some parts of the roof are more likely to get damaged by strong winds than others.
  • The roof’s ventilation system. Roofs with enough intake and exhaust vents won’t fail prematurely, thus extending their life span.

Minimizing Asphalt Shingle Aging

Keeping up with roof repair and maintenance can help to prevent your asphalt shingles from aging too quickly. Check for any signs of wear and tear or damage regularly, as well as examine the attic space for moisture or leaks. If you are planning to have your roof replaced soon, be sure to work with an experienced contractor who not only offers high-quality asphalt shingles and other roofing components but is also capable of providing top-notch workmanship.

For top-notch residential roofing services, turn to Sterling Exteriors. Our team of experienced roofers can help you assess any damage your roof may have and recommend the best course of action. We also offer quality materials and expert installation techniques that will ensure a long-lasting roof.

Count on us for your outdoor living needs as well. Call (513) 685-8055, or fill out our contact form to request a free quote. We serve homeowners in Milford, Newtown, and Anderson Township, OH.