Noticing when something is different about your roof is a mark of an observant homeowner. But knowing when something is wrong is a skill. Not all apparent roof problems should trigger panic, for natural deterioration entails several changes in shingle appearance. However, it can be difficult to determine whether an issue is a product of aging or a real defect.
Seeing mineral granules in the gutters is a natural occurrence, especially when new asphalt shingles are in question. You may even think of each loose particle as a grain of sand in an hourglass, indicating that your roof is getting older and nearer its retirement.
It is another story when only certain shingles are being thin on top. Uneven granule loss likely indicates that some batches of material sold to you were defective.
Asphalt shingles naturally crack as their volatile compounds dissipate over time. This phenomenon is called “craze cracking”, which the roofing and insurance industries do not consider a manufacturing-related flaw.
Cracked shingles only become a cause for concern when the substrate itself becomes fractured: the gap is deep enough to allow rainwater to inch closer to the wood decking, which is where most stories of roof leakage begin.
Slight distortion of the shingle edge could be a natural case of shrinkage. But when it comes to severe curling, seeking new roof installation services might be in order.
If you are unsure about the gravity of a particular problem your roof has, let Willi Roofing Services further investigate. Call us at (512) 394-8234 to schedule an inspection in Pflugerville, TX, and receive a free estimate!