The decision to invest in a new roof is not one most homeowners take lightly. The good news is that when roof replacement is done for the right reasons, it can be an investment that pays for itself over time – and one that contributes to long-term savings. Take a moment to consider the following signs that suggest you may need a new roof.
1. You’ve Got Leaks
Are raindrops literally falling on your head? If so, this is, at the very least, a sign you need to call on a qualified roofing contractor ASAP. Whether or not leaks alone warrant a new roof will depend on several factors, including:
- How extensive and serious the leaks are
- Frequency of issues with leaks
- Damage to other parts of your roof due to leaks
2. Granules Are Washing Off In Your Downspouts
Granules are tiny particles used on shingles to help boost energy efficiency and repel water. Sometimes when you clean your eavestroughs or downspouts you might see them. This is not so unusual. However, it could be a sign of worn or damaged shingles if you are noticing an excessive number of granules.
The only way to really know if granule loss may mean it’s time to consider a new roof is to actually look at your shingles. It only a few shingles are affected, they can usually be replaced. But if multiple shingles throughout your roof are affected, a new roof may be a better option.
3. Visible Missing Shingles
A few missing shingles is probably not a big deal. But if you are seeing missing or loose shingles in multiple areas, even on occasions where there hasn’t been a storm, you likely have some major issues with your roof. Possible reasons for missing shingles include:
- A rotting roof deck
- Related problems with leaks
- Shingles affected by blistering and other defects
4. Your Neighbors Are Updating Their Roofs
This doesn’t mean you have to opt for a new roof simply because some of your neighbors already decided to replace or update their roofs. However, if your roof is clearly looking worn, outdated, or out of place in your neighborhood, your home’s value and curb appeal may be affected. This can also become an issue when it’s time to renew your homeowners’ insurance coverage, or if you plan to sell your home.
5. Your Roof Has Been Around for 20 Years or More
A typical asphalt roof has a lifespan of 15-20 years. So, if your roof hasn’t been updated for 20 years or more, you’ll likely benefit from a new one. Also, older roofs tend to be more likely to:
- Leak or need other common repairs
- Be a source of higher utility bills
- Be affected by storms or seasonal changes
Still on the fence about whether or not a new roof makes sense for you? Schedule a roof inspection to get an honest opinion about the state of your roof. Then use this information to make a well-informed decision about what’s right for you.