It’s not always obvious if your roof needs to be replaced or simply repaired. Some signs are only visible from on top of your house. However, some signs are visible from the ground.
So, how do you know if you need a new roof?
Below are 5 signs you need a new roof.
1. Missing granules
Sometimes you don’t have to get on your roof to see signs that your roof may need to be replaced. Sometimes signs are left for us on the ground. If you see a lot of granules on the ground or in your gutters, that means they’re not on the shingles where they belong. Missing granules means there’s exposed fibers on the shingles and water may be passing though your shingles and onto the roof deck.
See “Granules on the ground are a sign you might need a new house roof”
2. Curled shingle edges
A few things can cause asphalt shingles to curl. An improperly ventilated attic can allow moisture to get trapped in the roof deck which leads to mold, which leads to curled shingles. If the roof installer didn’t use enough nails or didn’t align the shingles correctly, this can also cause the singles to curl.
3. Cracked shingles
We see cracks more often in fiberglass-based asphalt shingle roofs. A fiberglass mat that’s too thin lacks adequate tear resistance. Another reason fiberglass-based asphalt shingles can crack is when the adhesive used was too strong which prevented the shingles to shift during temperature changes.
4. Your neighbors are replacing their roofs
If you see your neighbors replacing their roofs, you should consider getting your roof inspected, as it might be time to replace yours, as well. A lot of houses in a neighborhood are built at the same time. As of the writing of this blog post, it’s 2018. If your house was built in 2000 and your roof hasn’t been replaced since then, that means your roof is 18 years old. The average lifespan of a mid-grade asphalt shingle roof is about 20 years.
To compare the lifespans of the various residential roofing materials or to see which lasts the longest or costs less, check out our Guide to Residential Roofing.
If you just had a hail storm, it didn’t affect just a portion of your roof. It affect your entire roof. You should have your roof inspected right away, as it might need to be replaced. Especially if the hail stones were a descent size. The good news about a hail storm is your insurance may cover the cost of a new roof. See How to file a roof damage insurance claim.
If you notice any of the above signs, contact a roofing professional right away. If your roof has a problem and you don’t know, it could cost you more money the longer you wait. You are invited to contact us as we offer free roof inspections.