How to Know If you need a New Roof: A Guide to Roof Damage


Catastrophic damage to a roof is easy to identify. If you have a hole in the roof or a constant drip during a strong rainstorm, it is safe to assume you need a new roof.

But, this is not to say you won’t need a new roof if you don’t have catastrophic damage. The damage could be more subtle, but it can also reduce the value of your home and may be the start of a bigger, and much more expensive, problem later.

Even with the best preventive maintenance program for your roof, shingles will eventually succumb to time and the elements and need to be replaced. I this blog, we’ll look at a few of the warning signs you can use to evaluate your roof. By reading the signs, you’ll know when it’s time to replace your roof.

Signs of Damage to your Roof

Today, many roofs can last as long as 20 years or more.

Before calling a professional to inspect the roof, a quick visual inspection can reveal signs that it may be time for a new roof. Signs to look for include:

  • Cracked or torn shingles: Old or damaged shingles can cause water damage to your roof.

  • Bald spots: Missing granules on the roof is a sign of potential shingle damage that can lead to additional problems.

  • Moss and dark streaks: Dark streaks are typically caused by algae, and moss can hold moisture on the roof. While neither will necessarily ruin a roof, it is a sign it may be time for a professional evaluation.

  • Curled shingles: Exposed shingle tabs, common on an older roof, can lead to water damage and exposure to the elements.

Staying Safe and Dry in your Home

Not every roof will age the same. In certain climates, your roof can age even faster, and depending on typical weather wear and tear, you may need a new roof more frequently.

Stay ahead of problems and keep your family safe by regularly inspecting your roof.

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