Tell-tale signs your home needs a new roof

It is essential to inspect your roof periodically to determine if your roof needs repair or replacement. Ignoring a small problem now creates more significant issues for you in the future.

How old is your current roof?

If your roof is 20 years or older, it is definitely time to think about replacing it. While roofing materials used in roofs today are much more durable, the composite material used for roofing shingles 20 years ago have probably reached their lifespan. Replacing your roof today will increase its value and prevent damage to your home for many years ahead.

Does your roof have missing shingles or bald spots?

Areas of missing shingles or bald spots where the granules are missing can cause water to be trapped and damage the entire roof. Granules in your gutter indicate your shingles are wearing down and need to be replaced.

Are the edges of the shingles curled or buckling? Are any shingles cracked?

Any damaged shingles can also allow water to seep in and damage the underlayment and integrity of the roof.

Does the roof look old and worn?

Discoloration happens over the years with exposure to sun and rain and wears down the durability of the shingles. Dark streaks in the shingles can be a sign of mildew or algae building up, indicating that the shingles are wearing down and are not up to protecting your roof.

Is there wear and tear around roof objects and openings?

Chimneys, vents and skylights that show wear indicate vulnerable places for water damage. Is exterior paint blistering or peeling? This can indicate that water or humidity has built up in the attic or roofline.

Is the roof sagging?

Sagging roof decks indicate that water has weakened the roof structure and most likely will need to be repaired, if not replaced.

Are your neighbors getting their roofs replaced?

Many neighborhoods have homes that were built within the same time. If your neighbors are getting their roofs replaced, it is time to think about a roof replacement for your home.

Are your energy bills increasing?

Your roof protects your home from weather elements and insulates it, controlling the energy used to heat or cool your home. A significant increase in energy usage can mean your roof is not properly insulating your home any longer, and it is time for a roof replacement. Many states offer weatherization assistance programs and low-cost financing for replacing older roofs to save on energy. Let us help you find resources that make replacing your roof more affordable!