Your roof ages over time and will eventually need to be replaced. Through the years, it is exposed to harsh weather conditions, falling debris, and other incidentals that may impact its lifespan.  When your roof is nearing the end of its useful life, it will begin to show signs that you need a new roof. Learn these signs so you can be prepared.


1. Leaks Are Signs That You Need A New Roof

The roof is one of the most important aspects of your home, so it is important to pay attention to its condition. Roof leaks, no matter how small, should not be taken lightly. While a few drops of water from a leaky roof may not seem like a big deal, it means there is a larger underlying issue.


A leaky roof will not begin to drip water until a large amount of water has already seeped into the roof frame beneath your shingles. Once you spot dripping water, it is usually a sign that there is water damage to your roof frame and woodwork.


Other than dripping water, signs that you need a new roof due to water damage include mold growth in the attic, paint peeling on the walls, water stains on the ceilings, and water spots on the outside of your walls near the roof.


2. Damaged Roof Shingles

The daily wear and tear that your roof experiences will affect the materials over time. Roofs come in many different varieties, including asphalt shingles, clay tiles, and metal. Each of these roofing materials has their own pros and cons regarding damage resistance and durability.


Some signs that you need a new roof are shingle balding or granule loss, missing roofing material, curling, and cracking. If one or two shingles or tiles have these issues, replacing the defective or missing roofing pieces should remedy the situation. If it is widespread across the roof, this is one of the signs that you need a new roof.


3. Your Roof Is Showing Its Age

When your roof was constructed, it may have been built with the best material at the time. No matter how high quality the roofing materials are, they all have a limited lifespan. An asphalt shingle roof usually lasts 20-30 years. When a roof ages past its maximum life expectancy, it will begin to weaken and will not protect your home as effectively. It’s important to inspect your roof on a regular basis once it reaches the 10-year mark so that any repair and maintenance issues can be addressed promptly. This will give you time to plan and save for a new roof.


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