Your asphalt shingle roof can last anywhere from 15 to 30 years, and there are a number of factors that will impact the longevity. If the shingles are in direct sunlight, or exposed to harsh weather conditions, your roof will need to be replaced on the earlier end of the spectrum. When your roof leaks in just one area, it may be possible to repair your roof instead of replace it. There are signs that your asphalt shingle roof needs to be replaced, no matter how old the shingles are.
You Have Numerous Leaks
One leak can be due to damage in an area of your roof. When there is more than one leak in your roof, it is more likely to be a problem throughout your roof. If you have had a leak repaired already, this indicates that the roof is failing and probably needs to be replaced. You will also want to have your gutters checked to make sure water isn't getting into your home from underneath your shingles.
The Shingles Are Curling
Your asphalt shingles can start to fade, but this doesn't mean they aren't protecting your roof anymore. Fading can occur early on in the lifespan, but curling shingles indicate that your shingles are no longer adequate for keeping water out of your home. Shingles that are curled up will eventually fall off, and have lost their structural integrity. Even if you replace an area that is curling, the rest of the roof won't be far behind.
You Find Loose Shingles
Although a strong storm can cause shingles to fly off of your roof, loose shingles that fall off periodically are another matter. Once your shingles are getting loose, you will want to have your roof inspected to see if it is a problem throughout your roof. When shingles are loose everywhere, you need to have a new roof installed.
If you are having problems with your asphalt shingle roof, it's time to speak to a roof replacement service provider to come and inspect your roof. When you ignore leaks, you can end up with water damage in your home. An inspection will uncover whether you have a problem in one area, or if the issue is with your entire roof. If you notice shingles on the ground, or see loose or curling shingles, get the help you need to protect your home from the elements.
Contact a roofing contractor in your area for more information about roof replacement services.