Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home and needs to be in top shape in order to protect you and your family. So how do you know when it’s time to replace it.
The first clue is the age of your roof. If it’s been 10 years since you’ve had a new roof, it’s probably past its prime. Other signs for a roof replacement are:
Ceiling Spots: If you find stains on your indoor ceilings, it could be the sign of a leaking roof and your home may have already suffered some damage. On the interior, check your attic for signs of moisture and/or leaks from the roof deck. On the exterior, check the chimney for cracks or damage to the flashing and look for damaged or missing shingles. Also check your roof’s eaves for ice dams that can cause water backup.
Missing Granules: Missing granules on shingles can be caused by hail or storm damage, but can also be caused by the age of the shingle. If there are several areas where your shingles are missing granules, it’s probably time to replace the roof. If these shingles are not repaired or replaced, your roof may no longer keep water from entering your home and damaging your interior.
Missing Shingles: Missing shingles are like missing granules, but worse. Shingles can go missing during storms and if this is the case, they can be replaced. If they’re missing naturally, however, it could mean many more are ready to fall off and leave your roof compromised.Buckling: A number of things can cause your shingles to buckle: improperly applied felt, poor roof ventilation, wrinkled underlayment, or a layer of new shingles applied over an existing layer of shingles. Have a roofing professional determine what the cause of the buckling is and what the best solution would be.Rotting: Rotting is a good sign that your roof needs replacing. It’s caused when the mat at the core of the shingle absorbs moisture and can greatly affect the structure and strength of your roof.
Curling: Curling is more common in organic shingles such as wood, but can also be a sign of wear or of too much moisture.
Splitting: Shingle splits can be the result of aging or can be caused by stress (such as walking on the roof). If the splits are a result of aging, you may need to replace your roof. If they’re a result of stress, you can usually replace these shingles.
Blistering: Blisters are usually caused by trapped moisture or insufficient ventilation, both of which can compromise the integrity of your roof.
Note: It’s important to let a roofing professional inspect your roof, as they are better equipped and more knowledgeable about your potential roofing needs.