While the main job of a roof is to seal the home, keeping water out, many homeowners do not realize they need a new roof, until they find a leak! At that point in time, homeowners could be facing internal damage costs, as well as the price of a repair or replacement roof. Instead of allowing this dreaded situation happen to you, take a look at these 5 signs you need a new roof, and take action before the leak!
1. Roof age
Most experts agree that a typical roof will last between 20 and 25 years. This will also depend on how many layers of roofing are below the top, and how properly the roof is ventilated. If the roof was installed over another layer (or several layers), and it is 15-20 years old, chances are you need a new roof.
2. Missing Shingles
Missing shingles, likely due to weather, age, or a mix of the two, is another sign you may need a new roof. Shingles that are missing indicate a break in the roofs seal, which could lead to water damage in the future.
3. Debris in your Gutters
Have you noticed your gutters have been flooding out roofing granules and other roofing debris? Roofs tend to lose more granules toward the end of their life cycle, and while you may find this debris in your gutter, you may also notice inconsistent coloring while viewing your roof from the street. These dark/light spots are typically a sign that granules have worn away, and it’s time for a new roof.
4. Shingle Curling or Buckling
Shingles that are curling or buckling (no longer laying flat), are another sign that you may need a new roof. While this may also be a sign of a defective roof, typically, this effect occurs when the shingles are past their life expectancy.
5. Trouble from the Attic
While walking on the roof, you may notice a spongy bounce in your step. Often due to rotted or weakened decking from moisture, this is a large clue that you need a new roof. Be sure to also check your attic to see if there is any interior mold/damage, or daylight flooding in from the roofing boards. Any of these finds would be of large concern that you should have your roof inspected.
Staying alert to the above will help you to avoid unnecessary damage, leaks, and problems with your roof. For more information on the roof replacement process or to schedule a free roof inspection to learn more about your roof, visit Viirt.com.