There are many reasons why a roof may need to be replaced. In this article I will discuss some of the signs your roof may be failing to help you better determine if you need a new roof or not. Roofs are designed to last for decades but factors such as weather, location, and wildlife can shrink the life of a new roof. Even if you’ve had a roof installed over the last few years these factors could play a role in whether you need a new roof or not.
Signs Your Roof May Be Failing
It’s important to note that different roofs will require different inspections. While just looking at a shingle roof and noticing missing tabs can help you determine if it needs repair, there are other roofs that require a bit more attention. Tile roofs can have cracked or loose tiles that can cause problems but may not need a full roof replacement. Other materials such as metal roofing and rubber roofing have other factors that need inspecting. Each of the signs below are for shingle roofing with asphalt or fiberglass shingles.
Look for Missing Shingles
Shingles on your home are typically about 1 foot by 3 foot. They are nailed down by tacks and they also stick together because of a tar or glue on the shingle. Since they are individual units, they are not as strong as roofing that is in larger pieces such as metal roofing or roll roofing. Pieces of the shingles can come off your home leaving it exposed to the elements.
During storms and times of high winds, shingles are most vulnerable. High winds can get under the tabs of the shingles and cause them to break. Usually when this happens part of the shingle (the tab) will be blown from the rooftop. After each storm you’ll need to look at your roof for missing tabs. You may notice an square area that is not the same color as the roof. This is usually a missing tab that needs to be replaced. When you have lots of missing tabs then you may be better off getting a new roof installed.
Leaks Inside Your Home
Another of the tell tale signs your roof may be failing is that your home will leak in the interior of the home. Water damage can lead to all sorts of problems and if your roof is leaking then you’ll need to get it inspected as soon as possible. One leak may mean you need a new roof but multiple leaks in different locations is a sign you’ll likely need a new roof.
Look For Discoloration in the Shingles
Overhanging trees can be a huge problem for your roof. The leaves that fall from the tree can build up on the roof trapping moisture and holding it constant on the roof. It can also help to grow moss and other vegetation on your roof. Usually when this happens you’ll want to consider getting the trees trimmed and removed and also repairing or replacing the roof.