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5 Signs You Need a New Roof

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Just because you do not have visible water getting into your house, doesn’t mean you don’t need a new roof.  Here are 5 signs that your roof needs to be replaced.

  1. Shingles are missing- Missing shingles means that the roof deck and your house are not fully protected.  Without shingles properly installed, your roof is prone to leak.

  2. Shingles are missing granules- While the shingles are still on your roof, the missing or corroding of granules means that the shingles have outlasted their warranty.  They will not properly protect your home as the granules are key to keeping water from entering the roof decking.  If you find granules in your gutters, or notice that they are missing granules, it is time to get a new roof.

  3. Curling and Bubbling shingles- One or two curling or bubbling shingles does not necessarily mean that your entire roof needs to be redone.  You may just need a repair in that case.  However, if there are many spots on your roof where there are curling or bubbling shingles, you may need a new roof.

  4. Large amounts of moss- Built up moss most likely means that water from your roof is not properly running off. Moss holds in moisture, as well as blocks the run off.  A large amount of moss that has been on your roof for a long period of time means its time for a new roof.

  5. Age of roof- Is your roof over 20 years old?  Are your neighbors getting new roofs?  It is best to replace your roof before there are extreme signs of wear and tear.  This way you can prevent leaks and water damage to your home.

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  1. I thought it was interesting to learn that a roof over the age of 20 may be in need of a replacement. I move into my home about 15 years ago, and I don’t know the last time the roof was replaced. I’d rather be safe than sorry, so would you suggest I at least have a roofing professional come out and look at it to determine if it needs a replacement soon or not?

    • lauraweldon05 lauraweldon05

      Yes, I think that if you’re concerned about the quality and condition of your roof then it is worth it to contact a local roofing professional!

  2. Recently we have had some water getting into our walls and into the attic. When I went up to check on the roof I found bubbling shingles in a large area. just like you mention that might be a sign that I need to hire a professional roofer and get it fixed. Thanks so much for the great post.

    • lauraweldon05 lauraweldon05

      Thanks for your comment John!

  3. Tim Tim

    I Enjoyed your article on roof maintenance
    Thanks so much for the great post.

    • lauraweldon05 lauraweldon05

      Thank you Tim!

  4. I like your tip to pay attention to if your neighbors are getting new roofs. Houses in the same neighborhood tend to have been built around the same time. Like you said, roofs last about 20 years.

  5. I like how you mentioned considering replacing your roof if your home is over 20 years old. It was helpful that you included that replacing it can prevent leaks and water damage to your home. My grandparents built their home back in 1995. It could be beneficial to them to having their roof replaced before any problems occur.

    • lauraweldon05 lauraweldon05

      Thank You for your comment Brynne. It is definitely a good idea to be proactive about your aging roof!

  6. I have been unsure for a while now if my roof needs replacement. I was not sure which signs to pay attention to and appreciate you taking the time to explain that shingles covered in moss are something to consider when examining your roof. I will have to look once more to make sure I am not missing any other signs.

    • lauraweldon05 lauraweldon05

      Thank you for your comment Alexandria! Often times local roofing companies or contractors will offer free estimates or free inspections! This way if you are a bit unsure about your roof, you can have a professional come out and take a look at it for you!

  7. Several of my shingles fell off the roof after a tornado, and I want to know if I should replace my roof altogether. It’s interesting that shingles that are missing granules ought to be replaced because they won’t be able to keep water out of the decking. Maybe I should check the tiles that fell to see if their granules are gone and if they are I should probably contact a residential roofing company to get them all replaced.

    • lauraweldon05 lauraweldon05

      I am sorry your roof was affected by the tornado, but I am glad your house is okay!

  8. That makes sense that missing shingles means that the roof deck and your house are not fully protected. Missing shingles also means something caused the loss of the shingles. Make sure to keep your roof in good shape- a damaged roof can allow structure damaging water into your home.

    • lauraweldon05 lauraweldon05

      Thanks Larry!

  9. I like that you mention that you should get a new roof if it is over 20 years old! My roof is over 30 years old and it is looking so shabby. I need to find a roofing contractor asap!

    • lauraweldon05 lauraweldon05

      Good luck finding a contractor! Fall seems to be a busy time for roofing contractors.

  10. My current roof is getting pretty old, so it’s good to know that I ought to look at getting it replaced if it’s near the 20 year mark. I certainly don’t want to risk any water damage being incurred in my home by failing to replace an old roof. Do you think it would be smart for me to have a roofer come out and look at my roof to determine for sure when to have it replaced?

    • lauraweldon05 lauraweldon05

      Yes Finley! It would be a great idea to have a roofing contractor come out and give you an inspection! Many companies do roofing inspections for free!

  11. I really like that you bring up shingles in the article here because there aren’t actually a lot of people who know that those can effect how well your roof is holding up. However, it is important for everyone to understand that shingles are essential for keeping water off of your roof. Because of this, if your roof is missing a ton of shingles or many of them are damaged then it might be a good idea to consider getting them replaced.

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