Do you need a new roof? Check out these 7 signs that you do.
7 Warning Signs You Need A New Roof
Is it time to repair or replace your old roof?
Look for these red flags before calling a roofer.
Most homeowners figure they need a new roof after they spot a leak in their ceiling. This leak could be due to many different roofing problems. But, what factors really determine whether a roof repair will solve the problem or the house needs a roof replacement? Here are some tips to help you determine if you need a new roof:
How old is your existing asphalt shingle roof? Most experts agree that a typical roof will last between 20 and 25 years. It also depends on whether the old roof was removed and you only have one layer of shingles, and if it is properly ventilated. If the roof was installed over another layer or several layers and it is older than 20 years, chances are you need a new roof.
Shingles buckling and curling
Shingles that are curled or buckling are another sign that you may need a new roof. Look at the slopes of your home that get direct sunlight and if you notice the shingles are curling and losing granules, it could mean the shingles are past their life expectancy. There could also be a possibility that the roof is defective.
If your roof shingles are falling apart or missing in this area, it’s a definite sign you need a new roof. Valleys are one of the most important areas of your roof. Snow and rain flow through valleys and into gutters. If the valley is compromised, you could be susceptible to roof leaks.
Check to see if all of the shingle “tabs” are intact, but if some are missing, there is a great possibility of your roof leaking or rotting from water damage. When tabs are missing water can get under the shingles below and get trapped, this rots the roof deck and will eventually leak causing structural damage as water goes through ceilings and walls.
This is another area to be concerned about. If your flashing consists of roof cement or tar, it may need to be replaced with a long-term, water-tight fitting, which would be a metal flashing system.
shingle granules in the gutters
Look in your gutters to see whether they are loaded up with shingle granules. Roofs tend to lose more granules toward the end of their life cycle.
Daylight through the roof boards
Check your attic to see if there is any daylight coming through the roof boards. Also check for moisture in the insulation.