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How to Know if Your Roof Needs Replacement

Keeping a roof over your head is a priority. Keeping your roof in peak condition is important to ensure you’re not compromising the integrity of your house.

  • Advanced age – if you know your home’s roof is a 25-year roof, but it’s been on there for 30 years, you’re on borrowed time. Even if there aren’t issues today, there could be tomorrow. You need to decide if you want to wait until it fails or if you’d rather proactively replace it before you have problems.
  • Curling or cracked shingles – shingles should lie flat and not have curling or cracking edges. If your roofing shingles are cracking or curling, likely water can’t exit correctly and it’s time for a replacement.
  • Granules in the gutter – unless your roof is brand new, granules in the gutter signify an issue. Roofing shingles are covered in granules and help to reflect sunlight, and if they aren’t there, you’re likely to see quick deterioration and can be a sign that you’re headed towards needing a new roof. New roofs often slough off extra granules after initial installation, so that isn’t cause for concern.
  • Missing shingles – not a terrible issue assuming you caught it quickly. Assuming moisture isn’t an issue, you can replace shingles easily. There could be a color discrepancy between a new shingle and one that has aged in the environment.
  • Sagging spots – this is a huge red flag that you have a structural issue. If you’re noticing this, call a professional ASAP.
  • Moss or algae – with our damp weather comes the prevalence for moss or algae. Moss or algae alone isn’t immediate cause for concern, though if left over time it will degrade the shingles.
  • Light in the attic – if you’re seeing light in your attic, it means that your roof is not airtight and where you can see light, water can also get in.
  • Water in the attic – an obvious sign of roof failure is water. Be sure to have a professional evaluate the roof, any vents or flashing in case those may be the issue before choosing a full replacement.

If you’ve noticed any of the above happening on your home, you should have a qualified professional out for a proper evaluation.