6 Signs You Need a New Roof

Everyone knows it’s time for a new roof when you’re putting pots under leaks or a tree is poking into the foyer, but roofs typically degrade and fail much more subtly. Therefore, it’s well worth knowing the warning signs of a roof in need of repair.

How often should you check your roof for wear and tear?

We recommend checking your roof for damage at least twice a year and always after a major wind or rain storm. If you notice any interior signs of a leaking roof, call a professional right away to assess the damage and recommend repairs.

6 signs your roof needs to be repaired or replaced:

  • Buckling of roofing material

If the roofing material itself is warped or buckling like a crooked rug, you could have poorly ventilated underlayment and will need to remove the damaged section and replace it.

  • Wet spots or rot

Check the attic, eaves, and interior after windstorms, heavy rainfall, or a period of ice. If you see moisture, rot, or mold the cause is likely poorly ventilated underlayment or possibly a leak.

  • Sagging decking between rafters

When plywood gets wet it sags. If there is a noticeable sag in the decking between rafters or sagging ceilings inside, it’s a sign of moisture problems that need to fixed immediately.

  • Damaged flashing around chimneys and vents

Flashing helps seal your roof around chimneys and vents and when installed properly it keeps moisture from entering under the shingles and penetrating the decking. If your flashing is visibly damaged, chances are it isn’t serving this protective function and the decking around it may need to be replaced.

  • Visible leaks inside the house

Visible interior water damage is very likely the sign of a leak somewhere above. Check the interior corners of the outermost walls, especially where one roof line is directly below another. Clogged gutters and downspouts may also be the culprit here.

  • Curling, cracked, or missing shingles

One of the most obvious signs your roof needs attention is damage to the shingles. If any of your roofing is curling or cracking, there’s a problem that needs attention. The same is true if you find excessive algae build-up or discover shingles missing after a windstorm. If your roof is asphalt, it’s important to check for excessive loss of granules on the shingles caused by poor materials or incorrect installation.
Do you have any concerns about the condition of your roof? Ask us! We’d be glad to help.

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