Your roof is your home’s number one barrier against wind, sunshine, and rain. In order to protect you and your family, your roof needs to be in good condition. Minor problems may arise from time to time and can generally be repaired by a roofing contractor. But eventually, every roof reaches the end of its lifespan and needs to be replaced.
How do you know whether that time has come for your roof? Below, experts share some of the most common signs your roof is due for replacement.
Multiple Missing Shingles
After a windstorm, you might notice a couple of missing shingles. If the rest of your roof is in good shape, a roofer can usually replace those shingles without replacing your whole roof. If your roof is older and starts losing shingles in multiple areas, that is a different story. Big patches of missing shingles often mean the rest of the rooftop isn’t in great shape, either. It’s easier to have the whole thing replaced instead of repeatedly calling your roofer for patch after patch.
Curling or Peeling Shingles
Just because shingles are still attached to your roof does not mean they’re doing their job. Shingles become dried out and crusty as they age due to UV exposure and everyday wear. Eventually, they start curling up along the edges. Some might peel partway off the roof surface. If this happens across your roof, it usually means you’re due for a roof replacement.
Granules in Your Gutters
If you look at a new shingle, you will notice it is covered in textured, pebble-like bits of asphalt. These granules allow shingles to shed water better. They also make the shingles more durable against wind and scraping branches. However, as shingles age and dry out, they start to lose their granules.
At first, the roof will shed a few granules at a time. But when the shingles reach a particular stage of disrepair, they shed large amounts of granules all at once. You can tell whether your roof has reached this stage by looking inside your gutters. If you scoop out a handful of shingle granules, your shingles are on their last legs and need to be replaced. Granule-free shingles don’t offer much protection.
Moisture in the Attic
So far, the signs we’ve discussed have all been ones you can observe from outside your home. But you can also venture into your attic to look for signs of roof deterioration. An indicator that your roof is at the end of its lifespan is moisture in the attic. The attic might feel humid, or you may even see droplets of water on the floor or trusses.
Don’t assume that a leak is not a big problem because it is small. Ideally, you want to have your roof replaced while leaks are still small so you don’t have to contend with significant water damage.
If it has not rained in a while, you may not see drops of moisture in your attic. However, the state of the insulation will let you know if there have been any leaks recently. Using a gloved hand, pick the insulation up in a few areas and peek at its underside. Do you see any dark or discolored spots that could be mold? Mold only grows in moist areas, so if it is growing on your insulation, that insulation was damp at one point. And that moisture almost certainly indicates your roof needs some work.
Stained Walls and Ceilings
Take a look at the walls and ceilings on the top floor of your home. Do you see any areas where the drywall is discolored? On white ceilings, you may see unevenly shaped, ovular patches that are tan or brown in color. These are areas where the drywall became wet at some point. If the spots are on the ceiling or near the top of the walls, the most likely cause is a roof leak.
When you’re outside, look up at the roof and try to assess whether the roof is flat and straight. Do you see any evidence of sagging when you look across any of its faces? If your roof does appear to be sagging, that is a major concern. It means the roof deck under the shingles has been compromised and is bowing. The only way to fix the roof deck is generally to replace the whole roof.
If you notice any of the signs above, your roof probably needs to be replaced. However, the only way to know for sure is to contact a professional roofing contractor and have them do a thorough inspection. If you’re looking for a roofer in Northeast Florida, contact Reliant Roofing. Our friendly, knowledgeable roofers will be happy to advise you.