How to Tell if You Need a New Roof

When’s the last time you looked at your roof? Most of us take for granted the shelter a roof provides … until something goes wrong. 

While a typical roof can last as long as 25 to 30 years, individual shingles may fall apart, and small leaks can occur in the meantime. With spring in full bloom, April is a good month to examine your roof. 

Here are six signs that your roof needs repair or replacement. 

1. Missing or Cracked Shingles

A missing shingle means the adhesive holding shingles in place has started to weaken and separate. Cracked shingles are the result of expansion and contraction in hot and cold temperatures. 

Either situation means the structural integrity of your roof may be compromised and puts you at risk for water damage to your home. 

2. Water Damage

If your roof has sagging or bulging areas, it could be a sign of a weakened roof deck, which can be caused by water damage or rot.  Water stains and noticeable leaking in your attic are signs of water damage to your roof. This is usually due to missing or damaged shingles.

3. Age of the Roof

Look at your home inspection report or home improvement records to check the age of your roof. If it’s been more than 20 to 25 years, it’s probably time for a new roof.

4. Algae or Moss Growth

Seeing green on your roof is an indicator that it’s retaining moisture, which can cause damage over time. You can use a removal service or clear the moss yourself, using a stiff brush.

5. Light Shining Through

If you can see daylight through your roof, this is probably the clearest sign of damage that needs to be immediately repaired. 

6. Granules in Your Gutters

While it’s normal for some grit or granules to fall off your shingles, excessive amounts of grit in your gutters may be cause for concern. This could be a sign that your shingles are breaking down, which is another indicator that your roof needs to be replaced.

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