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How Age and Weather Can Affect Roofing

Last updated 6 years ago

Like all other aspects of your home, your roof will eventually show wear and tear. Even if you keep it free of debris, your roof can suffer significant damage from wind and rain. Because it’s your roof’s job to protect your home from the weather, you will eventually have to have your roof replaced. Here’s a brief look at how age and weather can affect your roof’s performance:

• Moss or Algae Growth
If you notice spots on your shingles, there’s a good chance that moss or algae has taken over your roof. Though moss isn’t directly harmful to your roof, it can prevent water from draining off as efficiently as it should, and excess moss or algae can have an undesirable effect on your home’s appearance.
• Shingle Loss
The granules on asphalt shingles are designed to protect them from sunlight and precipitation. Once the wind and rain wash these granules away, the shingles no longer offer the same protection. Years of harsh weather can also cause shingles to fall off, leaving a gap in your home through which water may leak.

• Cracking
Asphalt shingles expand in heat and contract in cold weather. Although they’re designed to withstand changes in temperature, they will likely develop cracks after a few decades. This can cause shingles to lose their integrity and eventually fall off.

• Curling
After years of wind and rain, you may see the edges of your shingles curl up, especially if they weren’t nailed down properly. Since curled shingles don’t cover as much surface area as normal shingles or allow water to run off the same way, it’s important that you have a professional fix the problem quickly.

If your roof has seen better days, contact the roofing experts in Salt Lake at Fortress Roofing. We’ve seen a lot of roofs over the past 20 years, so we know when repair is possible and when replacement is best. Call us today at (801) 205-6100 and we’ll help you determine the best remedy for your roof.  


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