As a homeowner, you may not know it’s time to replace your roof until there is visible damage.  Delaying a necessary roof replacement can lead to other problems in your home. Below are some of the signs you need a new roof.

Leaking Roof

A leaking roof is an obvious sign that it may be time for a roof replacement. Look for leaks in your attic, especially after rain, where you’ll see signs of water intrusion. You might notice dark stains or streaks on the wood or see damp insulation in the attic.

If your roof has been leaking for a while, you may also see stains on the ceiling and walls of your home. Call a professional roofing contractor to make repairs or replace the entire roof if there is significant damage.

Missing Shingles are Signs You Need a New Roof

Heavy winds and extreme weather can cause shingles to become loose or be torn away. This is more likely to happen on an older roof with aging shingles. If your roof has widespread patches of missing or damaged shingles, it may be time for a roof replacement.

Mold Growth

Mold, mildew, and algae grow in damp areas. Patches of green on your roof may be algae, indicating that there is excess moisture on your roof. Mold and algae growth on your roof keeps the roof materials damp and promotes rot. If you notice mold on your ceiling or walls indoors, there is a chance this is due to a leaking roof.

Sagging Lines are Signs You Need a New Roof

In the case of structural damage, the roofing supports may warp. This could be a result of termite infestation or water damage. A sagging roof is usually only an issue in older homes, though it can happen in a new property if the house settles unevenly. If you notice your roofline is no longer straight, call a professional to assess the damage and make repairs.

An Aging Roof

On average, the lifespan of most asphalt shingle roofs is about 20 years. After this period, roofing materials begin to deteriorate and no longer effectively protect your home. You may notice broken or warped shingles or granules in the guttering. Call a professional to assess the condition of your roof and to discuss if it’s time for a complete roof replacement.

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