If you are trying to decide whether you can get away with repairing your roof, or you need to break down and replace it, these 10 signs will help you figure it out.
Are Your Shingles Damaged?
If you notice any shingles that look like they are curling or buckling, or you notice that the shingles are losing granules, it may be time to replace your roof.
Loose or Missing Shingles
When shingles begin to come completely loose, or you notice any tabs that do not appear completely intact, these are good signs that your roof needs replaced.
Check your gutters to see if there is anything resembling sand collecting in them. If so, this means that your shingles are losing granules and should be replaced.
Look for Mold and Moisture
Take a trip to your attic, and look for any wet spots or areas of mold. These are signs that your roof is leaking, and may need to be replaced.
If there are any areas in the attic that are allowing sunlight through, your roofing is comprised. If there is more than one area showing light, you need to replace the roof rather than depending on a spot repair.
If there are any areas of the roof that are visibly sagging, you need to consider replacement. Even if you do not notice any sagging on the outside, you should also make sure to check the attic as well.
Check the Valleys
If there are any missing shingles in the valley areas of your roof, you will want to consider replacement. These areas ensure that moisture flows into the gutters properly, and if there are missing or damaged shingles, it will result in leaks.
Wearing in Certain Areas
You also need to check around the pipes, vents, and chimneys. If any of these areas appear loose, or seem to be worn down, it may be time to replace the roof. These areas can allow significant leaks if any issues are ignored, resulting in even more damage to the roof.
If you live in a humid area, you will want to inspect all areas of the roof for the growth of algae. This greenish discoloration is a sure sign that too much moisture is being held in or under the shingles. If you notice excessive staining, the roof should be replaced to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria.
If your roof is 20 to 25 years old, you may want to consider replacing it. Most roofs only last this long, but the longevity may be different depending on the number of layers on your roof. If there are multiple layers under your current roof, you will need to replace the roof, making sure to remove some of the extra layers.
These 10 signs are all good indicators of when it might be time to replace your roof, especially if there is more than one issue present.