How to Tell When It’s Time for a New Roof

Having a defective roof can bring problems from devaluing property value to creating potential health risks. Learning to tell when you need a new roof is essential for the integrity of your home and financial well-being. Below are five signs of roof deterioration to consider before deciding if you need a new roof.

1. The Age of Your Roof

Replacing a roof is recommended after 20 to 30 years, depending on its wear and tear.

Shingle quality, quality of craftsmanship during installation and the weather impact your roof’s lifespan. Typically, homeowners should consider new roofs within 20 to 30 years after its installation.

2. Total Energy Bills 

Degradation of your roof’s quality could be a reason why energy bills may have increased. This may indicate that a roof is no longer able to provide efficient insulation or ventilation. Often, replacing your entire roof is recommended. While a simple repair could decrease bills, a completely new roof could be a better long-term option. 

3. Visible Decay

Observing a roof can be the easiest way to know if it’s time for a new roof. Assess any noticeable damage or get a professional roof inspection.

Shingles are a roof material used commonly due to their durability, but they still deteriorate over time. Shingles can crack, curl or crumble as a result of bad weather or general exposure over time. Neglecting roof issues may result in further damage such as leaks and mold growth causing expensive repairs and potential health issues.

4. Shingle Granules Show Up in Your Gutters

Aside from curling, cracking and crumbling, shingles can also deteriorate by being washed away from weather damage. You should assess your gutters, looking to see if there are any pieces of shingles in them. Doing this provides an extra way to tell if a new roof is needed. 

5. Water Damage

Perhaps one of the only good things about water damage is it can be spotted early on. If a leak does happen, your home’s interior may show wet or dark spots and a foul odor. Leaks can leave excessive water damage if not tended to quickly. 

Do the Signs Point to a New Roof?

Contact a professional right away if you have active roof leaks. Leaving this issue alone may create more damage than it did initially. If you have seen any of the aoove signs of deterioration, give us a call to schedule a roof inspection and get a free estimate on a new roof.