How to Tell if You Need a New Roof: 5 Warning Signs You Should Never Ignore

The roofing industry is expecting a huge growth spurt over the next several years. In fact, the industry’s worth is projected to reach $5.3 billion!

You can bet that figure includes more than just new construction. 

Are you fortunate enough to have a roof over your head? 

Depending on the type of roof on your home, you can expect it to last for 20-30 years, on average. How old is your roof? 

Are you wondering how to tell if you need a new roof? There are five warning signs that you shouldn’t ignore. You’ll want to call a pro to check it out right away. 

How to Tell if You Need a New Roof 

Do you hold your breath every time something starts “to go” in your home

When is it time to call in a professional? 

When it comes to your roof, these are the signs to which you need to pay attention. 

1. Sagging in Some Areas

Unless your home is sporting a commercial TPO roof, the day will come when you’ll see some sagging. Over time, as the roof ages, water will cause this to happen. 

If you notice it, gently poke the roof to see if it is soft and spongey. If so, you want to get a professional to check it out. 

Water damage is not something to ignore! 

2. Curled, Cupped  or Missing Shingles

Shingles will eventually start to decay. The ends will curl or cup. This is a sign that it’s time for them to be replaced. 

If your roof is not all that old, this can also be a sign that the roof is defective. You might also find spots where shingles have been torn away or are missing. 

Any of these situations warrant a call to a roofing professional. 

3. Leaks or Water Damage 

This one seems quite obvious, but does not always call for a completely new roof. Sometimes leaks can be repaired. 

If your roof is nearing the end of its life, then one leak can be just the beginning. Patching will only go so far. 

Leaks can lead to bigger problems and damage to other parts of your home, so do not ignore them. 

4. Can See Light Through the Roof Boards

Check your roof from your attic. If you can see daylight coming through the roof, other things can get through, namely water. 

Water coming in spells trouble! Call a professional pronto! 

5. Roof’s Age

If your roof is 20+ years old and looks worn and old, it’s probably time to replace it. 

If you are not sure of the age of your roof, pay attention to what’s happening in your neighborhood. Are a lot of the homes having their roofs replaced? If so, it may be time to replace yours. 

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