Faded roof shingles: what to do about them

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Imagine this: you have just moved into your new home after searching for one for quite a while. This is a big step for you, and you are very excited about it. Your new home is perfect for you and you did not find anything wrong with it during your tours and inspections. Upon move-in, you notice something you didn’t before: faded roof shingles! This revelation will probably be a huge surprise to you as well as a buzzkill, especially when you are busy with so many other things in your new home.

So, what can you do about these faded roof shingles? That is where Aluminum Lock Roofing comes in to help you! As a metal roofing company, one of our biggest pet peeves is faded shingles on an otherwise very beautiful home. In fact, we dislike these shingle problems so much that we actively work to make sure our shingles go for as long as possible without fading in color. Here are some of our best tips for what to do about your faded roof shingles.

Faded roof shingles tips

Identify how old your shingles are

The most obvious reason for fading shingles is how old they are. Many things do not last forever, but that is especially true for asphalt, composite, wood, and other types of shingles. As these types of shingles age, they begin to show their wear-and-tear. Aside from the fact that these shingles can start looking bad and potentially decrease your home’s value, they can also cause problems for your home. A roof that contains too many old shingles can start leaking or allowing too much heat/cold air into your home. Both of these issues can lead to much more costly repairs, so be sure to stay on top of your shingles.

Find out why your shingles are fading

Aside from the age of your faded roof shingles, there are other factors that can influence how quickly your shingles fade. Some of these factors include radiation, the angle of your home, mold, dirt, and acid rain for some areas. Unfortunately, there is not a lot you can do about your faded roof shingles if they are fading because of the angle of your home. However, you can possible slow the fading if it is caused by mold or dirt. We recommend power washing your roof thoroughly to remove excess mold, grime, and dirt at least once a year. This can potentially slow the fading of your roof and prolong the amount of time before you need to replace it.

Repaint them

Another tip that we have for you is to repaint your faded roof shingles. If you do not have the current budget to replace your entire roof, this is a great option. Asphalt and other types of shingles may be a little harder to paint due to their texture, but aluminum shingles are quite easy to paint. If you need some tips on how to paint your slightly faded aluminum shingles, we have them here for your in a recent blog post. This is a very easy project if you get the correct materials, and it will have your roof looking beautiful again in no time!

Ditch the asphalt for aluminum

If you are completely sick of your faded roof shingles, it is the perfect time to get some brand-new aluminum shingles! As we have discussed before, our aluminum shingles are very high quality and last for many years. Typically asphalt shingles only last around 20 years, but aluminum shingles can last up to the lifetime of your home! That is a huge difference and even though the upfront price may be more, aluminum shingles pay for themselves in savings over the long run. These shingles allow you to save on repair costs, as well as heating and cooling costs during extreme weather conditions. Our aluminum shingles come in many beautiful colors and styles while helping your home increase its value!            

Whether you are convinced about a new aluminum roof or not, we are happy to answer any questions that you may have! Please contact us today at 801-484-3321 for more information and be sure to read our many other helpful blog posts.

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