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What are the signs that your shingle roof needs replacing?

Can you spot them yourself, or do you need an expert’s guidance? Austin-area roofing expert Jason Joseph, with Matthew Lorand Roofing, speaks with Mark Woodruff with Woody Creative about the signs that your shingle roof needs replacing.

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Watch the five-minute video to hear Austin-area roofing expert Jason Joseph, with Matthew Lorand Roofing, show you the signs that your shingle roof needs replacing. Yes, you need an expert to evaluate your roof and spot these clues. Contact Jason to schedule a free evaluation.

Transcript of video interview with Jason Joseph: Signs that your shingle roof needs replacing

Mark Woodruff: Hey there. It’s Mark Woodruff at Woody Creative and we’re talking today with Jason Joseph at Matthew Lorand Roofing. Jason, you said you had a lot of your customers asking you about the shingle roofs, about how do they know when it’s time to replace a shingle roof. What were your thoughts on that?

Jason Joseph: Yeah. So we get that question a lot. When is it time? When do I need to get my roof replaced? There are some obvious signs and there are some not so obvious signs. The obvious signs, one of them is wind-damaged shingles. Austin just went through a major windstorm. You look up on your roof, you see shingles that are lifted. They’re curled. You’ve got shingles on the ground. You’ve got shingles in your yard. That’s definitely a sign that you probably have to get your roof looked at, have it evaluated and may have to get replaced.

Mark Woodruff: Yeah. Can I ask you about that one? So that one looks like it would be really obvious. Is it always this obvious? Is this what wind damage looks like or is it sometimes not quite this obvious?

Jason Joseph: Most of the time it’s pretty obvious just like that. They’re lifted. They’re curled. You can see it from the ground and so – or they’re on the ground and you’ve got shingles on the ground which you definitely know you’ve got wind damage.

Mark Woodruff: All right.

Jason Joseph: And then the second one is hail. Of course we all know about that one. Hailstorms are common here in Central Texas. Hail damage definitely wreaks havoc on roofs, beats up the shingles, makes all the granules fall off. It’s hard to spot from the ground. You’ve got to jump up on the roof, inspect it and evaluate it to see what type of hail damage there is. But that’s another common one.

Mark Woodruff: Yeah. Let me jump into this was the one that always kind of freaks me out. I remember having hail damage in the past and being told, “Oh, the roof needs to be replaced.” Insurance people, I was surprised. I couldn’t tell. Certainly from the ground, I had to get up close. This probably is one of the ones that’s most hard to define. Is that right?

Jason Joseph: Definitely.

Mark Woodruff: OK.

Jason Joseph: That’s a great point. Yeah, it’s really hard to tell from the ground. You’ve got to get up there and take a look at it. We get that response a lot from our customers as well is they just didn’t realize they had damage that was that severe.

Mark Woodruff: Right, OK.

Jason Joseph: And the third one is just missing shingles in general, shingles that have blown off or they’re just loose and unbonded. They’ve slid. They’ve fallen off. The roof is old. That’s definitely a sign that it’s time to get a new roof and/or get it evaluated, definitely.

Mark Woodruff: All right.

Jason Joseph: The fourth one, not so obvious is when the fiberglass matting is starting to show. It kind of looks like snow or ice up on the roof. You can see this from the ground a lot of times. A lot of times you can’t though. You’ve got to get up on the roof. But it’s the shiny white stuff that you see in these photos. That is the base of the shingle. That is when they’re – it has aged so much that the fiberglass is actually showing through. That’s not a good sign. It’s definitely time to get a new roof.

Mark Woodruff: And is that always the color, the fiberglass is always going to appear as white? It’s not going to appear as black?

Jason Joseph: It is, yeah.

Mark Woodruff: OK.

Jason Joseph: It’s always going to look white. You step out and you will definitely be able to see it.

Mark Woodruff: OK.

Jason Joseph: The fifth one not so obvious is when the shingle loses all of its granules. It has lost all the sand. It’s so old. All the sand is sluffed off. It has fallen off of the shingle and it’s just down to the black base of the shingle and that is definitely time as well that it’s time to get a new roof.

Mark Woodruff: OK. Yeah, that’s another one that falls into the category. I probably would know for sure what constitutes the sand being completely worn off or being partially worn off. But …

Jason Joseph: That’s correct and that’s one that sometimes you can’t tell from the ground either. The shingle looks fine until you get up on the roof and you realize that there’s no sand left on it and it’s worn out.

Mark Woodruff: All right. OK.

Jason Joseph: The sixth one is loose or unbonded shingles. You should never be able to walk up to the shingle and just lift it up with your hand. It should be bonded and stuck down to itself onto the roof. This happens when the roof gets old. It gets hot. It’s worn out and the tack strip on the shingle then just fails and you’re able to just go up to the shingle and lift it up, which means of course water can get underneath. The wind can lift it up even easier. So that’s another sign that’s not obvious from the ground, that it’s time to get a new roof when you can start to just lift the shingles up by hand up off the roof.

Mark Woodruff: OK. All right. Well, awesome. So you guys are in the Austin area, and you offer a free evaluation, right? A free inspection?

Jason Joseph: Absolutely. Free inspection, free evaluation on any roof here in Austin. Give us a call. We would be glad to come out and take a look.

Mark Woodruff: All right. Sounds good. Thanks for your time.

Jason Joseph: Thank you.

An example of hail damage

What it looks like when fiberglass is showing