5 Warning Signs It May Be Time For A New Roof

Posted on: 13 December 2016

Maintaining your house can be challenging. From washing the exterior and mowing the lawn to shampooing carpets, it is easy to see how so many homeowners become overwhelmed. While you may focus on your home's landscaping and interior design, ensuring your roof is in good condition should also be a priority. Not only will a new roof protect you and your family from the environmental elements, but it can also increase your home value by an estimated $12,000. If you notice one or more of the following warning signs, your home is most likely in need of a new roof.

Damaged Flashing

Check the flashing around skylights, vents, and chimney seals on your roof. If the flashing is loose, broken, or cracked, your roof may begin to leak, causing extensive water damage in your home.

If you live in an older home, the flashing may be made of cement or tar. In newer homes, metal flashing is used around the skylights, vents, and chimney opening of the roof. Consider replacing cement or tar flashing with metal for added durability. Replace damaged metal flashing, if necessary.

Loose, Missing Shingles

Loose, curling, or buckling shingles is one of the most common signs that your roof is in distress. Fortunately, problems with a few shingles do not always mean you need to replace the entire roof. However, you should inspect and repair these damaged shingles.

Pay special attention to the shingles on the roof that receives direct sunlight, since these will usually wear down before others on the roof. If these shingles are loose or appear to be curling or buckling at the sides, it is time to replace your shingles.

Of course, if any shingles are missing from your roof, be sure to replace immediately. Even a small amount of moisture can seep into your roof, causing leaks and water damage while increasing your risk of mold growth.

Attic Light

It is normal to see light when inside your attic, but this light should not be visible through the roofing boards. If you are standing in your attic and notice daylight coming through the actual boards, moisture has most likely damaged and weakened the boards under the roofing shingles.

Climb onto your roof and walk across the surface carefully. If the roof feels to have a bounce, similar to how it feels to walk on a trampoline, the underlying decking is damaged and needs to be replaced immediately.

Black Streaks

If you live in a warm, humid climate, you may develop black streaks across your asphalt shingles. These streaks may look similar to dirt or soot, but they are actually caused by the growth of algae. Known as Gloecapsa Magma, black algae travels through the air, landing on your roof and spreading across in streak-like designs.

It is unappealing, but the growth is dangerous to your roofing structure. Without treating, black algae will continue spreading and growing, weakening the shingles and decreasing the durability of your roof.

Removal is imperative, so consider washing your roof with a combination of warm water and white vinegar. After washing, check the shingles for any damage and make necessary repairs.

20 Years Old

Your roof may not show any visible signs that it is in distress, so you will need to determine its age. Ask your real estate agent or builder, if possible, to determine when the roof was installed. Contacting your local county or city office to determine if any roofing/building permits were issued on your home is also helpful when trying to figure out the roof's age.

Depending on the manufacturer, local climate, and maintenance, asphalt shingles can last between 20 and 40 years. Fiberglass shingles have an average lifespan of around 50 years. If your home's shingles are 20 years or older, it may be time for a replacement.

Maintaining your roof is beneficial, but you may need to repair or replace it at one point in time. If your home is showing one or more of these signs, it may be time for a new roof.