For some new homeowners, it can be unclear as to when a new roof is actually needed for their homes. Although there are certainly times when a simple repair can do the trick, there are definite ways to tell that a new roof is needed altogether.
Here are a few warning signs that your roof needs to be replaced:
- Your roof is 25+ years old.
No matter how your roof appears from the street, if it is older than 25 years, it’s time to start making plans to replace it. After 25 years, you may only have a few years left, depending on its condition. This is a good time to start thinking about the logistics of a replacement.
- The shingles are cracking.
Cracking can be caused by a number of things, but is typically a result of wind damage. If there is a significant amount of cracking across the entire roof, it’s a good idea to start looking into new roofing options.
- The shingles are “cupping” or “clawing”.
If you’ve noticed that the edges of your shingles are starting to curl upward (also known as “cupping”), or if you see that the edges are flat but the middle parts are starting to bubble up (also known as “clawing”), then the weather has definitely taken its toll on your roof and it will need to be replaced very soon.
- Algae or moss has overgrown the shingles’ surface.
When a lot of algae or moss has taken over a rooftop, some people think that pressure-washing is the best way to rid these unwanted and unpleasant-looking visitors. However, in doing so, you’ll likely strip off many of the granules that make your shingles work properly. If you’ve already done this and compromised your current shingles, you may want to consider replacing your roof with algae-resistant tile shingles (most newer shingles are made this way). If you’ve not taken action yet and believe your roof is still in decent condition, try a wash that is a balanced mix of bleach and water.
- Shingle granules are appearing in your gutters.
If your roof is between 10 and 15 years old and is shedding granules, it may be a good idea to start considering new roofing options. Although it may not be an immediate need, it can turn into a problem very quickly if the granules are shedding in large quantities.
- There are shingles are missing altogether.
This is certainly something that can be solved with a simple repair of a few shingles. However, what is usually the challenge is that most shingles change dramatically in style and material over the years and your version may not be available anymore. Another thing to consider is that even if these shingles are available in the same style, color and material, your shingles may have faded from weathering over the years. It may just be time to consider a complete roof replacement.
- Sunlight is visible through your attic.
This is one of the more obvious signs that your roof needs replacing. Because if light is able to get into your home through your roof, so can other elements, including rain, snow, dirt, rodents and more. Although small holes can be patched, it’s best to inspect for more damage so you don’t run into major problems later, like leaks, infestations or structural damage to your home.
- Your roof looks sunken in.
This is a warning sign that should not be ignored. In fact, it should be dealt with immediately. It’s likely that there is some kind of damage to the roof’s structure, which means that it has the potential of collapsing or pushing down on other parts of your home. Consider hiring a professional to assess the damage.