Shingle roofs typically need replaced every 20-30 years so hear are four ways to tell you might need a shingle roof replacement in Tucson. Tucson is rough on shingles because of the extreme heat and sun. This degrades the shingles and underlayment. If your shingle roof has not been replaced in the past twenty years there is a chance it is needed. So how can you tell you need to call on a roofing contractor? Read these four reasons that will explain if you need a roof replacement in Tucson.
Reason 1: Your Roof Is Over 20 Years Old
If you live in Southern Arizona your roof gets more sun and heat than the typical roof around the rest of the nation. The sun is brutal against asphalt shingles and generally causes them to age quicker. A typical shingle roof in the north east portion of America can last 25-30 years where as in the south west near Tucson an asphalt shingle roof will only last 20-25 years due to the extreme temperatures. If your roof is over 20 years old, you might need a shingle roof replacement. There is one exception to the 20-year rule and that is if there are multiple layers of shingles on your roof. Because multiple layers holds more heat in, shingles may not last a full 20 years before needing replaced.
Reason 2: Granules On Shingles Are Coming Off
If you look on your roof and see that the tiny colored granules on the asphalt shingles are loose and falling off there is a chance you need a shingle roof replacement and may want to call a roofing company near you to check it out. You can tell the granules are releasing when you see larger dark spots that show the black asphalt underneath. You can also tell when there are areas that have a shininess to the edges of the shingles. This is typically where the granules have come off and allowed the fibers of the shingles to show through.
Reason 3: Shingle Are Loose And Blowing Off In The Wind
When asphalt shingles are aged the tar under the front edges looses its stickiness which allows the wind to lift it up. A strong enough wind and the shingles can be lifted right off the roof. When shingles are blown off due to the wind, this is often the first sign when many home owners realize there is something wrong with their roof. When enough shingles fly off the roof insurance companies usually want the roof replaced.
Reason 4: Your Three-tab Shingle Roof Needs Repairs
Finally, if you currently live in southern Arizona and have the old three-tab asphalt shingles and you need some repairs, you might need a full roof replacement. The reason is because most shingle manufacturers are not producing three-tab shingles for this part of the country. For example, a quick search of Owens Corning for Arizona shows their Supreme shingles are not available. This makes it very difficult to find three-tab shingles for repairs. Because of this fact some insurance companies are agreeing to replace the full roofs or at least the section where repairs are needed since the newer laminated shingles cannot be mixed with three-tab shingles. Most roofers can help you explain the problems regarding three-tab shingles to your insurance company.
If you have asphalt shingles and think you might need a shingle roof replacement in Tucson give Desert Sky Roofing a call. We provide free inspections of your roof and will give you an honest assessment of the condition of your roof. We can also help you talk to your insurance company regarding the needs of your roof. If you are not working with an insurance company and need some assistance we do work with a financing company and can help you set up a home improvement loan. Call us today!