How to Know When It’s Time for a New Roof

It’s easy to tell when you need to replace your carpet or repaint the walls; you see them every day and when they look old or dingy, it’s easy to notice. The wear and tear on your roof is a different thing. How often do you spend the time looking up at your roof and really analyze how it looks? If you’re like most people, the first indication you get that it’s time for a new roof is when water starts leaking into your home.

Before that happens, here are 8 signs that your roof needs to be replaced:

1. It’s old: most roofs have a 20-year warranty, if it’s older than that, consider replacing.

2. Roof material/debris is evident around the home: signs it’s breaking down.

3. Leaks and/or water stains: check both the garage as well as your attic for evidence of leaks.

4. Your energy bills are rising: Unexplained increases in your utility bills could be signs of heat or cold invading your home. Learn More about water bills

5. If the shingles are: cracked, peeling, or curling.

6. It shows wear and tear: peeling or bubbling paint.

7. Dark streaks: Algae can cause dark streaks on roof decks and while it won’t harm the roof’s shingles it isn’t good curb appeal and can decrease your home’s value.

8. Moss: If there are parts of the roof that don’t get much direct sun then moss can grow and lead to more problems than just cosmetic issues. You can brush the moss off but that won’t stop it from coming back and you may need to contact a professional contractor. See my recommendation here on dizzle

If you suspect that it’s time to replace the roof, now is the time to investigate your options for replacement or repairs, before you face much larger damage.