Residential Roof Replacement

How to Tell If Its Time for Roof Replacement

Even the best of roof materials fail eventually, regardless of how well you maintain them. Roof replacement is probably the last thing that you want to deal with, and yet you need to monitor your roof closely for any signs that it’s nearing its end. In ideal circumstances, your roof gets replaced prior to starting to fail and results in water damage, but also not until after you got the most out of your investment. Keep reading to learn crucial warning signs that our own roofing contractors watch out for.

These signs are indications that a shingle roof is nearing the end of its functional lifespan:

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Roof Has Hit Its Anticipated Life Expectancy

How long a roof lasts frequently depends on the kinds and caliber of roofing materials used. When maintained properly, an asphalt shingle roof might last for more than two decades. However, an asphalt shingle roof with multiple layers of shingles isn’t going to last so long.

Shingles Gone Missing

Do you look up to your roof and see shingles that are missing? Fortunately, this issue can often be addressed with economical repairs if you aren’t missing out on too many shingles overall. If the valleys of the roof are missing shingles, then you might need a totally new roof though. Valleys are some of the most susceptible areas to lakes. They’re also the hardest parts to patch.

Gutter Granules

Check out your gutters. Do they have gritty granules that came from your shingles? This is often an indication of a roof that’s ready to fail. Asphalt shingles have a tendency to lose more surface granules as they get to the end of the expected lifecycle. You might also notice your roof has inconsistent coloring. This can be a sign of granules wearing off.

Buckling/Curling Shingles

If you see curling or buckling shingles, then the roof has probably gotten to a point of needing to be replaced. Your shingles have gotten too weathered to be able to protect your home appropriately. They might let leaks into your home.


A sagging roof is one of the more troubling signs you can ever see. This can happen with issues in your roof deck and possibly even the home’s foundation, rather than the actual roofing materials. Still, this is a serious sign that there is a danger for your home.

Commercial Roof Replacement

Commercial Roof ReplacementFlat commercial roofs can withstand decades of use if they are properly maintained. Then again, even the highest-quality metal roof or EPDM membrane is going to need eventual replacement. These are frequent warning indicators that a commercial roof needs repairs or replacement:

Moisture That Is Trapped

If you notice bubbles in the EPDM coating, then your roof might have water issues. You’ll need a new roofing system if moisture invades the insulation or deck and gets trapped in between layers of the roofing.

Rips Or Tears

A flat roof will sometimes develop rips or tears in the seams or the actual roof membrane. Flat roof repair can be possible when the damage is rather isolated and the rest of the roof is still in great shape. Extensive damage might mean you’re going to be better off with a whole new roof though.


Alligatoring is when roof damage looks visually like an alligator hide and has thousands of cracks. UV damage and changes in temperature over time result in alligatoring. This almost always requires a new roof system to be put into place.

Armadillo Roofing & Exteriors (512) 333-7663 provides roof replacement and roof installation to Austin, Texas and the surrounding communities. When you need help with replacing your roof, whether residential or commercial, give us a call. Also if you need a metal roof replaced, check out our sister site –

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Advice For Replacing Your Roof

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Is it time to think about replacing the roof on your home or commercial property? If so, there’s some do’s and don’t’s that you’ll want to keep in mind. Having a solid roof that your property can depend on is important, as its the first defense against severe weather conditions. If you’re not sure about your roof’s condition, you can check several different aspects of it. Check to see if there are any indications of water damage or areas that are leaking. Are there any spots where it appears to be sagging? Can you see any outside light shining through anywhere? Does it have any dark spots or trails showing?

If you do decide that its time to have your roof replaced, here are the things you should do and not do during the process.

Things to Do:

  • Pick a roofing contractor that has a long history in your location and is properly licensed and insured for your area.
  • No your budget and use the very best materials your budget will allow. Don’t compromise on quality. Asphalt shingles can last as long as 20 years. But, tile or metal roofing can last 2 or 3 times as long.
  • Keep your roof maintained on a yearly basis. As soon as you see that a shingle or tile is damaged, get it repaired immediately as it will, without a doubt, turn into a larger problem if you don’t.
  • Research the different types of roofing materials that are available to you and which ones are the best fit for your property.
  • When you meet with contractors, ask a lot of questions and be sure you have all the info you require to make an intelligent, informed decision.
  • Have your roof inspected often – minimally at least once per year. Remember, just because your roof is newly installed, it does not mean you won’t have issues and you are now problem free.

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Things to NOT Do:

  • Don’t automatically hire the least expensive roofing contractor. Be careful about hiring someone that does roofing work on the side or a company that is relatively inexperienced. Remember, you usually get what you pay for – paying the lowest price isn’t always giving yourself the best possible deal.
  • Don’t forget to check with your HOA, if you have one, and know which colors, styles and materials are allowed in your community.
  • Don’t take shortcuts. Spending within your budget is critical, but don’t make compromises in quality just to save money.
  • Don’t allow or invite other people to view the work being completed. This could create a potentially dangerous environment.
  • Don’t add more weight than your property’s structure can support. This is obvious if you’re going from shingles to tile, but different types shingles and styles can also have different weight. If you’re upgrading to a more quality style or material of shingle, make sure your roof will support the extra weight.

Austin Roof Replacement ContractorsIts better to get a new roof before you have an emergency situation by planning ahead and being preemptive. It will save you a lot of headaches and money by doing your research and replacing the roof before it fails and severely damages your personal property. If you have questions about roofing, contact a local roofing company to learn more.

Armadillo Roofing & Exteriors has been serving the greater Austin area for over 16 years. When you need a professional, experienced and trustworthy commercial roof repair contractor for your next commercial roofing project, give us a call at (512) 333-7663.


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Lisa Y. – Austin

“We had an amazing experience with Armadillo Roofing and can’t say enough positive things about them. They replaced our entire roof in time to put our house on the market.”

Court C. – Cedar Park

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