Whether it’s a home or business, your structure’s roof is an important part of protecting the rest of the structure. But how do you know if your asphalt shingles are beginning to see problems that will need to be addressed?

Check out these eight signs to see if you’ve noticed any shingle damage issues on your Buffalo home.

Is it Time for a New Roof? 8 Signs your Shingles are Failing

  1. Curling, cracking, or lifted shingles: As shingles age, they respond to ultraviolet light by cracking, curling, or lifting away from the deck of the roof. Any of these signs signal failure in process.
  2. Visible sunlight through the decking: If you can see sunlight through your roof decking from below, that area has significant damage and if left unattended, will lead to additional damage.
  3. Exposed nail heads: With the temperature extremes in upstate New York, nails are put under a lot of pressure as the roof system expands and contracts. Loose nails make the roof less effective.
  4. Missing shingles: Whether it’s someone walking on the roof, poor installation, high winds, or just plain old age, missing shingles mean that your roof’s protective envelope is compromised.
  5. Stained walls or ceilings: If you notice stains on ceilings, walls, or around protrusions through your roof, such as fireplaces or bathroom fans, it’s a sign that water is leaking into your home.
  6. Sagging roofline: A sagging roofline can come from a few different issues, including too much snow or ice weight, or weak structure. In either case, the situation should be addressed as soon as possible.
  7. Damaged flashing or sealant: Used to prevent water infiltration in leak-prone areas, flashing and sealants are used around vents, chimneys, and other roof structures. If the material is damaged or missing, leaking can occur.
  8. Mold on the roof or exterior walls: Mold building up on an exterior wall or on areas where your roof joins to a sidewall is a sign that moisture is not being effectively carried away from your home.

By understanding the signs that your shingles are starting to fail, you can have your roof replaced before you suffer damage to your home or business. If you’ve noticed some of these shingle damage issues on your Buffalo roof or need a new roof, the replacement contractors at AVA Roofing in Buffalo are ready to help. Please feel free to contact us today with any questions, for more information, or to schedule a consultation.