Your home’s roof is one of the most important pieces of your home’s exterior. It protects your home from the elements and pests, provides additional layers of insulation, and can even boost the property value of your home. Therefore, it is essential to keep your home’s roof in good repair. If you’ve been wondering how you can tell if your home’s roof needs to be replaced, keep reading to learn about the signs your roof needs to be replaced that you may have missed!
The first sign that your roof needs to be replaced is age. The average asphalt shingle roof lasts 20-30 years. If your roof is around that age or has surpassed it, it is a good idea to have it examined by a roofing professional to evaluate its structural integrity. An old roof can often appear safe to the naked eye, but a trained roofing professional will always notice warning signs that the average homeowner would likely miss.
A clear sign that your roof needs to be replaced is when you begin to notice curling or broken shingles. Shingles will begin to curl when exposed to water damage that has permeated the material. A shingle that’s curling around the edges will expose portions of your roof deck to moisture that can easily find it’s way into your home where it can cause significant damage. Another sign that you need to replace your roof is when you find broken, or even missing shingles. If your roof’s shingles are broken down or missing, you will need to replace your roof to keep your home protected.
If your shingles seem to be missing a lot of granules, or you find that your gutters are simply full of them, that is a clear sign that you need to replace your roof. Your granules protect your shingles from UV rays as well as provide your roof with additional fire resistance, so it is important to make sure that your shingles still have their granules. Furthermore, if your shingles have been losing a lot of granules, it is generally a sign that they are nearing the end of their lifespan anyway, so it is a good time to consider replacing your roof.
This can be difficult to see without getting onto your roof, but it is important to examine the flashing around your chimney and other openings in your roof. If your flashing is rusted or decaying, you will need to have it replaced to protect your roof from moisture damage. If your flashing is wearing away, it can often be a sign that your shingles are nearing the end of their lifespan as well. Take it as a sign to examine your entire roof, just to be safe!
Daylight Through Your Roof Deck
If you can see daylight seeping through your shingles and roof deck and into your attic, replace your roof as soon as possible. If light is permeating your roof, it is a clear sign that your roof is no longer air-tight. Consider the fact that any opening that is allowing light into your attic can also allow in water. Prevent expensive repairs by replacing your roof is you can see light coming through your home’s roof deck and shingles.
Water Spots On Your Ceiling
Finally, noticing water spots on your ceiling is the number one sign that your roof needs to be replaced. While it is important to rule out any other causes of water damage such as a leaking tub or sink, if you have confirmed that your roof is the cause of your water spots, it needs to be replaced immediately. Finding water spots indicates that a significant amount of water has already found its way into your roof, through your attic, and into your ceiling. This also doesn’t take into account the water that could be entering your roof and causing damage that you have yet to see. If you’ve been finding water damage on your ceiling, be sure to have your roof replaced, and your home inspected to ensure your frame is still in good shape.
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