7 Warning Signs You Need a New Roof

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March 1, 2019

Most homeowners figure they need a new roof once they spot a leak in their ceiling. This leak may be due to a lot of different roofing issues. But, what factors really determine whether a roof fix will address the issue or the house needs a roof replacement?

Here are some tips to help you determine if you need a new roof:

  1. Roof age
    How old is your existing asphalt shingle roof? Many experts concur that a normal roof will last between 20 and 25 years. It also depends on if the old roof was removed and you only have one layer of shingles, also if it is properly ventilated. If the roof was installed over another layer or several layers and it’s older than 20 years, chances are you will need a new roof.
  2. Shingles curling and buckling
    Shingles that are curled or buckling are another sign that you might require a new roof. Look at the slopes of your house that get direct sun and if you become aware of the shingles are bending and losing granules, it might mean the shingles are beyond their life expectancy. There might also be a chance that the roofing is faulty. Contact a certified roofing contractor to see whether you could be eligible for reimbursement.
  3. Roof valleys
    If your roof shingles are falling apart or missing in this region, it’s a definite sign you need a new roof. Valleys are one of the most essential areas of your roof. Snow and rain flow through valleys and to gutters. If the valley is compromised, you could be susceptible to roof leaks.
  4. Missing shingles
    These are just another sign your roof could be failing. Check to find out whether all the shingle”tabs” are intact.
  5. Chimney flashing
    That is just another place to be concerned about. If your flashing consists of roof cement or tar, it may have to be replaced with a long-term, weatherproof fitting, which might be a metal flashing system.
  6. Shingle granules in the gutters
    Look in your gutters to see whether they are filled up with shingle granules. Roofs tend to lose more granules toward the end of the life cycle. The inconsistent or darker colour on certain parts of the roof is just another indication the granules have worn away.
  7. Daylight through the roof boards
    You notice a spongy feel or trampoline bounce when walking on the roof, which means the inherent decking is reduced from moisture. Assess your attic to find out whether there’s daylight coming through the roof planks. Also, check for moisture in the insulation.

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