Your roof protects your family and your home from the effects of weather and the elements. It reflects sunlight and helps to maintain a comfortable temperature inside your home. A quality roof also adds value, style, and curb appeal to your property.
Regularly inspecting your roof or hiring a professional to do so is important to understand its condition and plan for maintenance needs. Avoid unnecessary damage to your home and belongings by knowing the signs you need a new roof.
Your Roof Is Nearing the End of Its Life Expectancy
Even a well-maintained roof has a life expectancy. Roofing that was placed over an existing layer of shingles may last about 20 years. The time period extends to 25 to 30 years for a new shingle roof that wasn’t installed over an existing one. A roof that is beyond its life expectancy is one of the first signs you need a new roof.
Your Roof Sags
A sagging roof could indicate water damage leading to structural issues in attic decking or the foundation. Potential structural and safety issues should be addressed quickly before they become bigger problems. Plan for a new roof to avoid further damage to your home.
Damaged or Missing Shingles are Signs You Need a New Roof
A few damaged or missing shingles can be replaced. However, a roof that is missing many shingles or that is primarily comprised of cracked, curling, or damaged shingles won’t keep water out or reflect sunlight effectively and should be replaced.
Your Shingle Granules Are Missing
Shingle granules protect your roof from damage due to sun exposure. A few granules coming off of a new roof is normal and expected. On an older roof, shingle granules collecting in the gutter or coming through the downspouts signal that your roof is losing its protective cover.
Your Attic Shows Signs of Damage
After you’ve inspected the exterior, check the interior. Inspect your attic to see if you see sunlight coming through the roof, notice damp insulation from rain, or see stained surfaces indicating water damage. If you find signs of interior damage, it is time to replace your roof.