Friday, September 25, 2015

The Lifecycle of an Asphalt Roof

Whether your new roof at the Lake of the Ozarks was needed to repair extensive damage or you just needed a fresh, new look, new shingles can do wonders for the appearance of your home. Similar to the way the human body undergoes changes overtime, so will your new roof. Let's take a look at the lifecycle of asphalt shingles.

The Aging Process


Your roof is the most exposed part of your home, making it the most susceptible to the elements. Studies suggest that shingles begin to age immediately after installation. During the preliminary curing process, there may be some loss of granules, blisters might appear and minor curling may occur around the edges of the shingles. After the initial curing process is complete, the shingles begin prolonged aging that will last throughout the majority of their life. In this phase, they could again lose granules and crack, but at a more negligible rate. When the shingles enter their final lifecycle stage, they begin to break down more rapidly and homeowners should consider replacing their roof at this point. This aging cycle shows why it's important to have your roof regularly inspected by a reputable roofing company at the Lake of the Ozarks. A roof that is properly maintained is going to last longer, even when subject to the elements.

Visible Signs of Aging


How long have you had your roof? Have you had it inspected since you bought it? If not, you might want to check for visible signs of aging. Here are a few things to look for:
  • Granule Loss - Overtime, the bond between the granules and the asphalt deteriorates. Check your gutters for buildup of these granules.
  • Blisters - If moisture is trapped in the asphalt, when heated by the sun, that water can try to escape causing the shingle to blister. 
  • Curling - As the asphalt hardens and the surface granules erode, curling may occur. The hardening causes the layers to contract, placing strain on them. Eventually they will curl at the edges to resist contraction. 
  • Cracks - As heat and other elements extract oils from the asphalt, it becomes less flexible. As a result, cracks may develop on the surface when subject to stress. 
  • Stains - You may see dark brown or black marks on your roof. While they are often thought to be soil, soot or moss, they more commonly result from algae growth. 
If you suspect any age-related or other damage to your Lake of the Ozarks roof, give Above & Beyond Roofing a call at 573-302-0354.

Ordinary weathering is not noticeable from the ground, and as long as the roof maintains integrity and does not leak, there is not cause for concern. Your roof is a big investment, therefore a periodic free roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks can alleviate any concerns you may have. For all of your Lake area roofing needs, contact Above & Beyond Roofing!

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