From rough weather to the simple passing of time, your roof will eventually need to be replaced.
If you’re not sure about the current condition of your old roof, there are a few critical signs to look out for.
Read on to discover a few important red flags that will indicate you need to replace your roof with something new.
1. Light Coming Into the Attic
Head up to your attic and look for any beams of light that could be shining through. If you notice this unusual anomaly, your roof likely has a leak somewhere that needs to be addressed.
Even if you can’t see light, streaks and stains may indicate there’s a small leak that can turn into something bigger if it’s ignored.
2. Your Old Roof Is Just Old
While there is no definitive lifespan for your specific roof, most asphalt shingle roofs last around 20 to 25 years. If you don’t have the original paperwork, try to find out when your home last had the roof installed.
No matter where you live, roofs eventually need to be replaced due to wear and tear along with exposure to the weather.
3. Damaged Shingles
Loose, buckled, or cracked shingles are a sign that your old roof may need to be replaced. Look for missing granules, which is an indication that your roof is reaching the end of its life. Not only are damaged shingles unattractive, but they can also be a red flag to warn you about future leaks.
4. Drooping and Sagging
A good roof should never look like it’s sagging but if it does, it could be time for a replacement. Droops and sags indicate your roof is in dire need of attention. Signs of moisture or rot can indicate that your old roof is starting to see the end of its life.
5. Moss and Plants
If it looks like your roof is covered in green moss, there could be moisture trapped underneath.
You might be able to do some shingle repairs if your roof is still fairly young. However, if too much water has gotten under the shingles, it could cause the boards to rot, resulting in dangerous leaks.
6. Worn-Out Flashing
The flashing around chimneys and vents keeps water from seeping into your home. If this material is cracked or missing, it’s time to replace it with newer materials. You may not need to replace the whole roof, but ask a professional to inspect the flashing to confirm.
7. Shingles are Missing
The occasional shingle can blow off in a storm, but if a lot of them are missing, your roof is in trouble. Ask about how you can replace or repair roof shingles when possible. If a lot of them are gone, it could be time for a new roof.
Know the Signs of an Old Roof
If you have an old roof, use these signs to help you determine if you’re in need of repair or replacement. When your roof is worn out, it can cause serious structural damage to your home if the problems are ignored.
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