Knowing when you need a new roof involves the age of the roof, the condition, leakage and paying attention to various signs of deterioration and damage.¬† Asphalt shingle roofs typically last 20-25 years, while other materials like metal or tile can last longer. If your roof is approaching or past its expected lifespan, it’s worth considering a replacement. Here are ten other signs to determine if you need a new roof:

  1. Curling or Buckling Shingles: Curling, buckling, or cracked shingles indicate that the shingles are reaching the end of their lifespan or are damaged by weathering.
  2. Missing Shingles: If you notice significant areas where shingles are missing, it can leave your roof vulnerable to leaks and water damage.
  3. Leaks or Water Damage: Water stains on ceilings or walls, as well as signs of water infiltration in the attic, indicate roof leaks that need immediate attention.
  4. Moss or Algae Growth: Excessive moss, algae, or mold growth on the roof can indicate moisture retention and potential underlying issues.
  5. Granule Loss: Check your gutters for excessive amounts of granules from asphalt shingles. Granule loss indicates shingle deterioration and can compromise the roof’s effectiveness.
  6. Sagging or Uneven Roof: Sagging areas or dips in the roof’s surface suggest structural issues that require professional inspection.
  7. Damaged Flashing: Damaged or deteriorated flashing around roof penetrations such as chimneys, vents, or skylights can lead to leaks.
  8. Excessive Energy Bills: An old or deteriorating roof can lead to poor insulation and energy inefficiency, resulting in higher heating and cooling costs.
  9. Visible Daylight in the Attic: If you can see daylight coming through cracks or holes in the roof deck from inside the attic, it’s a clear sign of roof damage that needs immediate attention.
  10. Roofing Material Granules in Gutters: Check your gutters for excessive amounts of granules from asphalt shingles. Granule loss indicates shingle deterioration and can compromise the roof’s effectiveness.

Other things to keep in mind

  • Safety Precautions:
    • Wear appropriate safety gear, including non-slip shoes, gloves, and a safety harness if necessary.
    • Ensure the ladder is stable and secured before climbing onto the roof.
    • Be cautious of overhead power lines.
  • Exterior Inspection:
    • Check for any signs of sagging or unevenness in the roof structure.
    • Inspect the condition of the shingles or roofing material. Look for cracks, curling, blistering, or missing shingles.
    • Check for moss, algae, or other vegetation growth, as it can indicate moisture retention.
    • Examine the flashing around chimneys, vents, and skylights for signs of damage or deterioration.
    • Inspect the gutters and downspouts for debris or clogs.
  • Interior Inspection (if accessible):
    • Check the attic for signs of water leaks or stains on the underside of the roof decking.
    • Inspect insulation for signs of moisture, mold, or deterioration.
    • Look for any daylight coming through the roof boards, which could indicate gaps or holes.
  • Structural Elements:
    • Inspect the fascia and soffits for signs of rot or damage.
    • Check for any loose or damaged roof decking.
    • Ensure that all vents and exhaust pipes are properly sealed and in good condition.
  • Chimneys and Skylights:
    • Inspect chimney caps and ensure they are securely attached.
    • Check for cracks or gaps in the chimney masonry.
    • Examine skylights for signs of leaks or damage to seals.
  • Flashing and Seals:
    • Inspect all flashing around vents, chimneys, skylights, and other roof penetrations for signs of damage or deterioration.
    • Check seals around vents and pipes for cracks or gaps.
  • Drainage:
    • Ensure that the roof surface is properly sloped to facilitate water drainage.
    • Check for standing water, which can indicate poor drainage or sagging areas.
    • Inspect the condition of roof valleys and ensure they are clear of debris.
  • Gutters and Downspouts:
    • Clean gutters and downspouts of debris, leaves, and other obstructions.
    • Ensure that gutters are securely attached and not pulling away from the roofline.
  • Additional Considerations:
    • Look for signs of animal or pest infestation, such as nests or droppings.
    • Check for signs of hail or storm damage, including dents or punctures in the roofing material.
    • Evaluate the overall condition of the roof and consider factors such as age, wear and tear, and previous repairs.
  • Documentation:
    • Take photos or videos of any areas of concern for reference and documentation.
    • Keep detailed records of your roof inspections, including dates, observations, and any repairs or maintenance performed.

Remember, safety is paramount during roof inspections. If you’re uncomfortable with heights or unsure about conducting an inspection yourself, it’s best to hire a qualified professional to assess your roof’s condition. If you notice any of these signs, it’s advisable to consult with a professional roofing contractor for a thorough inspection. Our Team at All Area Roofing and Construction can assess the condition of your roof and recommend whether repairs or replacement are necessary to ensure the safety and integrity of your home.

Regularly scheduled roof inspections, ideally performed at least once per year, can help identify issues early and prevent costly damage to your home. If you notice any significant problems during your inspection, it’s essential to address them promptly¬† You can all All Area Roofing and Construction at 772-521-ROOF to schedule your roof inspection.

Check out our Roof Inspection Checklist for a complete list of things to look for