How to Know When It is Time to Replace Your Roof

The 7 Warning Signs You Need to Look Out For

Most homeowners figure they need a new roof after they spot a leak in their ceiling. This leak could be due to many different roofing problems. But, what factors really determine whether a roof repair will solve the problem or the house needs a roof replacement?

Here are some tips to help you determine if you need a new roof:

  1. Roof Age - Most experts agree that a typical roof will last between 20 and 25 years. However, there are many factors that can make your deteriorate significantly faster, including poor quality workmanship and improper ventilation. Chances are, if your roof is over 20 years old, you need to look into getting it replaced. 

  2. Shingles Curling and Buckling - Shingles that are curled or buckling are another sign that you may need a new roof. Look at the slopes of your home that get direct sunlight and if you notice the shingles are curling and losing granules, it could mean the shingles are past their life expectancy. There could also be a possibility that the roof is defective.

  3. Roof Valleys - If your roof shingles are falling apart or missing in this area, it's a definite sign you need a new roof. Valleys are one of the most important areas of your roof. Snow and rain flow through valleys and into gutters. If the valley is compromised, you could be susceptible to roof leaks.

  4. Missing Shingles - This is another sign that you may need to look into replacing your roof. If there are multiple places in which the shingles have been detached, it is most likely time to call a roofing contractor. 

  5. Chimney Flashing - This is another area to be concerned about. If your flashing consists of roof cement or tar, it may need to be replaced with a long-term, water-tight fitting, which would be a metal flashing system.

  6. Shingle Granules in the Gutters - Look in your gutters to see whether they are loaded up with shingle granules. Roofs tend to lose more granules toward the end of their life cycle. Inconsistent or darker color on some parts of the roof is another sign the granules have worn away.

  7. Daylight through the Roof Boards - You notice a spongy feel or trampoline bounce when walking on the roof, which means the underlying decking is weakened from moisture. Check your attic to see if there is any daylight coming through the roof boards. Also check for moisture in the insulation.