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No matter how beautiful, durable or aesthetically pleasing an asphalt roof is, sooner or later it may need a pick-me-up. After 20 years or more sitting atop both residential and light commercial structures, eventually the effects of weathering kick in, and it may be time to consider re-shingling.

But how can consumers know when it's time to make that critical re-roofing decision?

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) recommends that homeowners or building owners take a few simple steps to determine if a residential or light commercial roof is ready for a face-lift. Here are some suggestions:

First, while on the ground, walk around the home or building with a pair of binoculars. The goal is to check the roof for cracked, curled or missing shingles. Also, it is important to notice whether any of the mineral granules are missing, because they act as a protective surface for the asphalt. While ARMA cautions homeowners not to climb on the roof, qualified roofing professionals -- exercising proper "walk-about" procedures -- may want to get a closer look. Other ways of inspecting a roof include looking at the underside of the roof deck and rafters for any stains or wet spots indicating water leaks. This can be done by accessing the roof attic and using a flashlight to inspect for signs of water penetration.

Once it's determined that a re-roofing plan is needed, the next step is to see if the roof has already had additional shingles applied. There are some local ordinances that prohibit putting more than a certain number of layers on a given roof structure, so it is always best to check those regulations first. In addition, on any re-roofing project, you should make sure the surface that is being re-roofed does not have: uneven surfaces for nailing, warped, rotted or unsound roof decks, or hard or brittle existing shingles.

Generally, most of the procedures used for new roofing applications apply to re-roofing projects as well. The industry, however, has come up with the following tips that will help assure re-roofing projects are successfully completed:

While asphalt roofing products provide many years of durability and beauty, they still need to be properly maintained. Here are some quick and easy ways to assure steep-slope asphalt shingle roofs always look their best:

By following these simple, yet important tips, asphalt roofing systems will provide maximum long-term performance. And for all re-roofing projects, asphalt shingles can fit the bill by providing the looks and functionality to adorn a variety of steep-slope applications.