Having a sturdy roof over your head is more than just security, it is essential to your home’s integrity and safety.
Many think a leaky roof is the main sign you need a new one, but many other subtle signs can alert you before it causes damage to your home. Green Attic Roofing has compiled 7 signs to look for you to ensure you replace your roof in a timely manner!
The Age of Your Roof
Most roofs have a 20-25 year lifespan, so knowing how old your roof is is the first step to tracking how long until it’s time to replace it, especially if it’s layered on another roof that hasn’t been replaced in decades.
Missing or Damaged Shingles
Shingles are your roof’s frontline of defense, so if missing, cracked, or curled, shingles are a good indication your roof is wearing out. However, there is a chance they can be repaired, so if you notice damage, contact a professional right away.
The most noticeable sign of a failing roof is water damage. Inspect for leaks, especially after rain, as consistent moisture will lead to mold, mildew, and structural damage to your home.
Granules in the Gutters
Keep an eye on the buildup of shingle granules in your gutters, especially after rain and snow seasons. Loose granules are often a sign that your shingles are deteriorating, which speeds up the aging of your roof.
Sagging Roof Deck
If your roof appears to be sagging in any way, even if the shingles look fine, it’s time for an immediate inspection! Sagging is often due to long-term water damage and poses significant safety risks.
High Energy Bills
A sudden spike in your energy bills is often linked to poor ventilation caused by windows or a faulty roof. Inadequate roofing leads to lead loss in the winter and excessive heat in the summer, which drives high energy costs.
Peeling Exterior Paint
If you notice the paint on your home’s exterior (especially under roof overhangs) is feeling or blistering, it could be due to poor attic ventilation. Frequent inspections will alert you to your roof not functioning correctly.
Frequently keeping an eye out for these signs can make all the difference between a timely replacement and a costly emergency. If you notice any indicators, consult a roofing inspector right away for an evaluation.