Your roof protects your family and your home from the harsh elements. If your roof is compromised, it puts the whole house at risk by threatening damage to the other structural components. Avoid these problems by keeping an eye on your roof. Check often for these five signs you need a new roof.
1. An Aging Roof
Asphalt shingle roofs typically have a lifespan of between 25 and 30 years. Chances are, this will be closer to 20 years if the shingles were installed over one or more layers. A roof will also age more quickly if it lacks proper ventilation.
Another way to judge: all the homes in your neighborhood were built around the same time and neighbors are beginning to replace their roofs. Other roofing materials, like metal or tile, have a longer lifespan than asphalt.
2. Damaged Shingles Are Signs You Need a New Roof
Damage to shingles is typically caused by weathering. Curling, missing, and cracked shingles are definite signs you need a new roof. Look for shingles that have edges curled upward (cupping) and flat edges with middles starting to come up (clawing).
Cracked shingles are usually caused by wind damage. You can replace cracked shingles confined to one area, but random cracking all over calls for a new roof.
You can also replace entire missing shingles, but the problem you may encounter is getting shingles to match. Shingle colors change over the years and weathering fades existing ones. For a roof that looks its best, replace it.
3. A Sagging Roof
If your entire roof is sagging, it’s a structural issue. The danger is more imminent if you notice a depression or droop. Take care of the problem while it is small and localized. Call an expert promptly if you see one of these signs you need a new roof.
4. Daylight Coming From the Ceiling
One of the telltale signs you need a new roof is seeing light from outside in your attic. If the sunlight can pass through, so can rain. Check the attic for water stains if you see light. Stains that change in size or shape after a few rainfalls indicate an active leak.
While small leaks can be fixed, larger ones combined with roof age may mean it’s wiser to go ahead and replace the entire roof to prevent costly structural damage.
5. Finding Shingle Granules in the Gutters
When cleaning your gutters, look for shingle granules. If you notice piles of granules in the gutters, this could be one of the signs you need a new roof. Granules on shingles protect the asphalt against the sun. Missing granules will cause shingles to bake and they will quickly deteriorate.