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Time to replace the roof

Telltale signs of age with popular roofing materials
Published on Jan 6, 2006

The phrase, "having a roof over your head," takes on a whole new meaning and sense of importance when that roof begins to age and wear out. Replacing your home's roofing is a big investment, so how do you know when it's time? Other than the obvious signs of missing singles and water leaks, here are some things to look for with two of the most common and popular roofing materials. COMPOSITION SHINGLES Composition shingles get their name from the fact that they are made up of a composite of layers of different materials. They are typically a combination of asphalt-coated papers and strands of fiberglass mixed with other materials, which make them durable and waterproof, topped by a coating of colored mineral or ceramic granules that give the shingles both color and a tough, wear-resistant outer layer. Composition shingles, depending on their thickness and the number of layers they are made up of, as well as the severity of local weather conditions, can be expected to have an effective li...

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