8 Signs You Need a New Roof

Not surprisingly, the roof of your home is an essential part of your home. But, is something that is rarely thought about, until it’s not functioning properly. That’s why it is important to know, the warning signs of a damaged roof.

A damaged roof can wreak havoc on a home, so don’t leave it until your staring at the sun through a hole in it, or can see water damage. So, if your roof has any of these signs, call a professional roofing contractor today!

1. It’s Old

In case you were unaware, a roof does have a lifespan. A typical roof will last between 20-25 years. So, if your roof hasn’t been tended to in the past 20 years, chances are, you’ll want to start looking into upgrades. Note that many factors accelerate the lifespan of a roof. Weather can work to slowly erode, and cause damage. So, if the roof is not properly ventilated, it can negatively impact your shingles, roofing materials, and result in a shortened lifespan.

2. Curling Shingles

This is a notable sign that your roof will need to be tended to, and fast. Have a close look at your roof’s shingles to check if they’re curling, or buckling at the ends. The part of the roof that receives the most sun, is likely to begin to deteriorate first. Bucking shingles are wavy distortions in the middle of a shingle, that show a roof is in need of repair. Shingles in this condition, are prone to water damage, and risk of being blown off.

3. Missing Shingles

Taking a good look at your roof, determine its health. It is important to check regularly, especially after a period of strong wind, for missing shingles. If any shingles are missing, chances are you’ll need a repair. Otherwise, leaving it unattended to, can cause water leaks

4. Seeing Daylight Through Them

If you haven’t been up to the attic in a while, it’s time to go! Look closely to see if there are any holes in the roof boards. If there are, call a roofer immediately, as this issue will only get worse with time.

5. Dark Shingles

If your shingles have a dark look to them or appear ‘unclean’, it is a major sign that they are not functioning. This is an indication that your shingles are trapping water. This can lead to further issues, such as mold growth, and leaks.

6. Interior Stains

While inspecting the attic of your home, it is also important to check for any water stains or damage. A water stain will look like a large puddle on the roof, often with a brown ring around it.

7. Sagging

If you note that the ridge of your roof is sagging, even just a little, or if there is a big dip in it- it is a warning sign. This can be caused by a weakening in roof material, such as water. The cause of this can be faulty roof material, age, or weight on the roof.

8. Higher Energy Bill

Are your bills excessively high?  Well, a damaged roof could be the reason why. If it is damaged, it is essentially inviting the outside in. When the temperature of your home is like it is outside, your utilities are forced to work harder and longer

Kelly Young is a writer born and raised in Toronto. Proud of her simple and cozy life, a perfect evening for Kelly would be to snuggle up in bed with her cat and a well-written historic memoir.