Even if you do an excellent job maintaining your roof, it will eventually need to be replaced. When you delay installing a new roof, you can end up spending more on repairs and water remediation inside of your home. As a homeowner, get familiar with the signs that you need a new roof.
There is Water Damage or Staining
A leak in your roof is very serious, as it means that your roof is compromised and can lead to mold growth inside of your home that requires remediation. When you notice water stains on your ceiling, water damage, or signs of a leak, you should take immediate action to have an inspection. This inspection will help determine if a repair or replacement is needed.
Your Roof is Over 20 Years Old
Just like many other parts of your home, at a certain point, you will need a new roof because your current roof is past its prime. When your roof is over 15-20 years old, you should explore getting your roof replaced. Otherwise, further damage could occur.
Your Roofing Material Shows You Need a New Roof
The roofing material will age and deteriorate over time, as things like shingles are not designed for lifetime use. When you look at your roofing material, keep your eyes peeled for:
- Cracked shingles
- Missing shingles
- Bald spots on shingles where there are no more granules
- Curling shingle edges
- Dark streaks on the roof
A home inspector or roofing professional can examine the material and determine if you need a new roof or if simply adding shingles to fill in the missing gaps might be a better solution.
Your Roof Has Experienced Hail or Wind Damage
Natural disasters can take a toll on multiple parts of your home, including your windows, your landscaping, and your roof. If your roof has been through a windstorm or a hailstorm and you see loose shingles on the ground afterward, the roof might be damaged. If you don’t have shingles covering up your roof, your roof will be more vulnerable to additional damage and potentially lead to leaks. Even small dents and chips in the shingles from hail can lead to leaks.
The Roofline is Sagging
When your roofline is straight, your roof structure is intact and in good condition. Over time, your roofline can start to sag and develop soft spots. Sagging indicates structural problems, including rot. A sagging roofline is a telltale sign that you’ll need to replace the roof.