If you’ve lived in a home for a while, you may notice that eventually, you’re going to have to replace things and remodel. However, one of the most common problems that homeowners have is that the first thing they need to replace is the roof. There are some telltale signs that may end up telling you that you need a new roof though. Most homeowners don’t even know they need a new roof until it’s too late, and their roof starts to leak, causing more ceiling and water damage to your home. In this guide, we’ll give you 7 warning signs from professional roofers that you may need new roofing to ensure that you can avoid this as much as possible.
Consider How Old Your Roof Is
If your roof is an asphalt shingle roof and it’s too old, you probably need to refresh or put a new roof on. Older homes don’t have that many layers of shingles if they haven’t been redone. And if your roof is more than 20 years, you probably need to replace your roof or have new shingles installed (not just a few, but all of them).
If Your Shingles Are Curled
Asphalt and tar shingles have the tendency to lose their gravel grains. Not only that, but direct sunlight can actually cause them to start buckling up, or curl up on the corners. If your shingles are doing this, have all of those replaced.
Dips and Valleys
Sometimes little dips in your shingles called valleys get damaged. They are what allows the rain to successfully drain off of your roof. If you have these areas compromised, you may end up having standing water on your roof, and you can end up having water leaks.
My Shingles Disappeared!
Obviously, sometimes you may notice with older roofs, or even weathered and weather-damaged ones, you might have missing shingles. Make sure that all of your shingles are there. Sometimes this can just be curling, so you want to double check. If you have missing shingles. You need to replace them.
Around the Chimney
A lot of older chimneys have roof cement or tar to seal them. This isn’t acceptable or always foolproof anymore, so you may need to replace it with metal chimney flashing.
Gravel in Your Gutters
If you notice that you have small granules of gravel in your gutters, this means your shingles are being compromised and weathering too much. Take a good look at your shingles and replace shingles in which the granules have washed away.
If You See Light
If you ever see light through your attic outside, you need to replace your roof as soon as possible! Also, be very careful when it comes to walking on your roof because you may have weak spots that you could possibly fall through or that could collapse.
If you notice any of these problems and you don’t want the hassle, or even better want to save time and money, consider calling a roofing contractor to get the job done right. They will assess the damage for you, and then give you a reasonable quote in order to make sure that you get your roof fixed the best way possible, and the responsibility won’t be in your hands. Many contractors also include a service warranty. Just make sure the contractor you hire is licensed and insured and you can keep your house and your family safe!