7 Warning Signs You Need a New Roof
Crumbling, curling and buckling asphalt shingles are a sure sign you need a new roof. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Richard S. of Madison, Wisconsin)
Most homeowners figure they need a new roof after they spot a leak in their ceiling. This leak could be due to many different roofing problems. But, what factors really determine whether a roof repair will solve the problem or the house needs a whole new roof installed?
Here are some tips to help you determine if you need a new roof:
1. Roof age
How old is your existing asphalt shingle roof? Most experts agree that a typical roof will last between 20 and 25 years. It also depends on whether the old roof was removed and you only have one layer of shingles, and if it is properly ventilated. If the roof was installed over another layer or several layers and it is older than 20 years, chances are you need a new roof.
2. Shingles curling and buckling
Shingles that are curled or buckling are another sign that you may need a new roof. Look at the slopes of your home that get direct sunlight and if you notice the shingles are curling and losing granules, it could mean the shingles are past their life expectancy. There could also be a possibility that the roof is defective. Contact a licensed roofing contractor to see if you could be eligible for reimbursement.
3. Roof valleys
If your roof shingles are falling apart or missing in this area, it's a definite sign you need a new roof. Valleys are one of the most important areas of your roof. Snow and rain flow through valleys and into gutters. If the valley is compromised, you could be susceptible to roof leaks.
4. Missing shingles
These are another sign your roof could be failing. Check to see if all of the “tabs” are intact.
5. Chimney flashing
This is another area to be concerned about. If your flashing consists of roof cement or tar, it may need to be replaced with a long term, water-tight fitting, which would be a metal flashing system.
6. Shingle granules in the gutters
Look in your gutters to see if they are loaded up with shingle granules. Roofs tend to lose more granules toward the end of their life cycle.
7. Daylight through the roof boards
Check your attic to see if there is any daylight coming through the roof boards. Also check for moisture in the insulation.
Editor's Note: This is an updated version of an article originally published on March 15, 2013.
About this Experts Contributor: John Rogers is the president and owner of Rogers Roofing, a family owned business since 1968. John attended Illinois State University, where he pursued a degree in economics. After attending college, John returned and implemented his ideas at Rogers Roofing, a highly rated roofing contractor in Hammond, Indiana.
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