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5 Signs You May Need a New Roof

5 Signs You May Need a New RoofThere are several tell-tale signs that you likely need to replace the roof on your home. Replacing your roof promptly can easily save the potential additional costs of significant damage caused when a roof is not replaced in a timely manner.

Here are 5 signs that indicate you may need a new roof:

  • Age of the Roof

How old is your roof? Some people may think a roof does not need replaced until there is visible damage to the exterior or telltale signs such as water damage to interior ceilings. If your roof is more than 20 years old, it is time to replace your roof.

This Old House explains that a younger roof can fail as well. While 20 years is an estimate of when a roof should be replaced, get an inspection of your roof twice a year. Contact a company with the expertise to determine if you need to replace your roof, even if your roof is not yet 20 years old.

  • Missing Shingles

Have a few missing shingles? Do not minimize a few missing shingles. Ignoring this warning sign is potentially a costly mistake. Angie’s List suggests that homeowners “Check to see if all of the shingle tabs are intact.”

  • Leaky Roof

A leaky roof can cause significant damage to your home. In fact, Bob Vila explains that the first place to check for a leaky roof is not the outside, but on the inside of your home, in your attic.

Several causes contribute to a leaky roof. Whatever the cause of your leaky roof, a professional contractor has the knowledge and training to locate the source of the roof leak in your home and offer an expert, professional solution.

  • Roof Flashing Materials or Cracks

If you live in an older home, the flashing around the chimney, skylights or vents may consist of roof cement or tar. These materials may crack or break, subsequently resulting in a leak. Upgrading to a metal flashing system provides the water-tight fitting and peace of mind for you, knowing that the new metal flashing system also provides extra durability.

  • Curling, Buckling Shingles, Shingle Granules

The shingles on a roof should lie flat, with no curling or buckling. If the shingles show signs of curling or buckling, your roof probably needs replacing. Another tell-tale sign that the roof has lived out its life is the loss of a considerable amount of shingle granules.

When your roof needs to be replaced, hiring a professional to do the job as soon as possible protects your home from new or worsening damage and improves the value of your home.

6 Comments
  1. Shingles really are probably one of the best ways to determine the health of a roof and whether or not it needs to be replaced and I’m glad that the article agrees. Even if they aren’t really curling or buckling like the article points out, if enough of them are gone, water can get up under the roof and cause some serious damage. It definitely helps to go out every once in a while and take a look at the shingles, just to take stock of whether you think it’s time to replace the roof or not.

  2. I’ve been living in my home for more than 25 years and not once do I remember replacing the roof. After reading I’ll be sure to get the roof replaced because of its age. That way I can be sure my home is in good conditions. I won’t have to worry about my roofing for another while.

  3. This is some great information, and I appreciate your point that a roof more than twenty years old should be replaced. Mine is about nineteen years old now, but it’s starting to have some problems with leaking. Instead of spending money to have it fixed, we’ll definitely look into just having it replaced since it’s almost at the end of its lifespan anyway. Thanks for the great post!

  4. Quality info right there. This will help so many people recognize the right time to replace their roof and also save them alot of money. My roof is 12 years old, but over the next 10-15 years I will definitely keep an eye on it!

  5. Great post. I own a roofing company, and have been a roofer for many of years, and there a lot of folks that we run into who are unaware of the age of their roof. I like the order that you put this in, because these are steps and specific things that homeowners should ask before purchasing a home. Great information. Glad I bumped into it.

  6. It’s good to know that the average lifespan of a roof is about 20 years. I’m pretty sure my roof is about at that age, and I’m worried it may start leaking soon. Would you suggest I have a roofer come out and take a look at it to determine when exactly it needs replacing?

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