As your home’s principal is to protect you from the sun, hail, and rain, your roof is created to endure the elements to stay strong. But over time, even the best roof will eventually need repair, replacement, or restoration. But how do you know when it’s time to look for a new roof? We’re here to help. Here are seven signs that you need a roof restoration, replacement, or repair.
Signs Your Roof Needs Repairing or Replacing
1. Old roof
This is the first sign that your roof needs repairing or replacing! You can’t escape the fact that your roof will age! All roofs age differently, depending on many factors such as installation techniques, ventilation, and climate, but in general, they are designed to last about 20-25 years. If your property is nearing this age or is older and you have never had the roof replaced, it might be good to get it examined by a professional. If you’re unsure about the age of your property or your roof, it can be helpful to look around the neighbor’s roofs to compare. The houses were probably built around the same time. If all your neighbor’s roofs look in better shape than yours, it’s probably time to get it looked at and consider replacing it!
2. Missing, broken, or torn shingles
These are indications that the shingles are nearing the end of their lifespan. If you see (or don’t see, as the case may be) lots of these shingles, you should consider replacing your roof.
3. Shingles Are Starting to Cup, Curl, or Claw
Some telltale signs that a roof is nearing the end of its lifespan are cupping, curling, or clawing. Cupping and curling look very similar, with the ends of the shingles peeling away from the courses below them and beginning to point upward. Clawing occurs when the center of the shingle lifts while the ends stay in contact with the roof. Neither condition is a good sign, and they can be the result of extreme temperatures, improper installation, poor ventilation, or age.
4. It’s Missing Granules
Weather and time can cause shingles to lose granules, making them look patchy or bare in spots. Low-quality shingles or poorly stored shingles may lose granules faster than normal, resulting in faster wear. The granules serve as protection for the shingles and roof, so losing granule protection will result in a faster decay of the roof. You may need a roof replacement if granules are missing from the shingles.
5. Grit in the Gutter
Asphalt shingles have grit or granules embedded in their surface, and these granules create a barrier between the sun and the shingle. It’s normal for a bit of grit to loosen up and fall off (especially when the roof is new). But if more and more granules are collecting in the gutters every fall, there might be a problem. Without the grit, the sun will bake the shingles and cause them to warp, cup, or deteriorate.
6. Corroding roof valleys
Roof valleys are the v-shaped channels that run along the inside angles of a roof. They can corrode, especially if they trap leaves. Leaves and other trapped debris mean that rainwater doesn’t drain properly, so it will soon overflow and drip onto your roof. Roof valleys should have a fairly long life span (around 20 years) but if your roof is under trees, this will be shortened and you should get it checked regularly.
7. Leaks in the attic after a rainstorm.
If rain is getting into your attic, it may be simply a question of replacing some flashing. But again, if the culprit is a porous underlayment, you’ll probably need a roof replacement.
8. Roof Flashing
The flashing around vents, skylights, and chimneys seals the seams of the roof from rain and weather. Examine these points to make sure there are no cracks or breaks, which could lead to leaks. In older homes, flashing is often made of roof cement or tar, but it’s a good idea to upgrade to a metal flashing system for added durability.
9. Sagging Roof
A droopy, sagging roof is one that surely needs replacing before further damage occurs to your home. Check the surface for signs of trapped moisture, rotting boards, or sagging spots—especially at the lowest points in the roof.
10. Water Damage
Apparent water damage inside the home is a fairly straightforward sign that the roof is no longer doing its job. This damage could be the result of ice dams, compromised shingles, deteriorated flashing, or poor installation techniques. Whatever the case may be, leaks don’t get better on their own, and homeowners should look into replacing or repairing their roofs in short order. A leaky roof can lead to mold and attract pests like carpenter ants.
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