The roof of your home keeps you and your loved ones safe from the elements. It safeguards your family and your belongings from snow, the sun’s rays, and rain and it protects the structure of your house. It’s important to understand the condition of your roof and repair any damages as soon as possible. Eventually, the roof will need to be replaced. Here are a few signs you need a new roof.

1. Leaks and Water Damage

Roof leaks are warning signs that your roofing materials are no longer reliable. Examine the attic to get an idea of the severity of the problem. Look for water streaks, rot, wet insulation, and areas of moisture in the attic. You may also notice dark stains caused by water leaking through the roof. Call a professional to assess the damage and make repairs.

2. Aging Materials are Signs You Need a New Roof

If the wood or asphalt shingles have been in place for more than 20 years, you’ll need a new roof soon. The life expectancy of roofing materials varies based on the type of material that covers your roof. For example, asphalt shingles last for 20 to 25 years. Wood shakes and shingles may last 20 to 40 years. A metal roof can last up to 70 years. If you know your roof is aging, it’s time to begin budgeting for a roof replacement.

3. Cracked, Missing, and Damaged Shingles

Cracking and damaged shingles can indicate you need a new roof. A common cause of cracked shingles is strong winds. Storms can tear shingles away from the roof or cause breakage. A few missing or damaged shingles can be replaced. However, if you notice large patches of missing or broken shingles, it may be time for a new roof.

4. Signs of Rot can Mean You Need a New Roof

Roof rot occurs in wooden shingles as a result of moisture exposure for an extended period. It’s necessary to replace the roof since rot eventually affects the frame underneath and leads to structural damage. Signs of rot include a sagging roof, water damage in the ceiling, or a sunken roof deck.

5. Shingle Granules in Your Gutters

If you notice shingle granules in the gutters, the roofing materials are beginning to deteriorate. Asphalt shingles are manufactured with a granular coating that provides UV protection to the shingles. When shingles are aging, you might see granules at the bottom of the downspouts or in the guttering after a heavy rain.

6. Algae and Moss Growth are Signs You Need a New Roof

Mold, algae, moss, and mildew thrive in a moist or damp environment. Therefore, if you notice the growth on your roof, there could be leaks that are damaging your home. Algae and moss growth will spread and lead to further shingle damage and leaks. Remove any moss, algae, and mold growth as soon as you spot it.

7. Curled Shingles

Shingles will begin to curl as they reach an extended age. This means that they are wearing out. Curled shingles are unable to protect your home as well as securely installed roofing. The solution to curled shingles is a roof replacement. A new roof with properly installed shingles will better protect your home and your belongings from the elements.

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