Do I Need a New Roof? 7 Signs the Answer Is Yes

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When was the last time you took a good look at your roof? If you’re like most homeowners, it’s an out of sight out of mind situation. You don’t want to wait until it’s an emergency to find out you need a new roof.

If you must ask yourself, “Do I need a new roof,” then the answer is probably yes. Don’t worry, we’ve taken nine of the most common signs that it’s time to replace your roof. If you don’t, then it can lead to extensive damage not only to the roof but throughout the home.

It will end up costing far more than the cost of a simple roof replacement.

1. It’s Been Longer Than 20 Years

A standard residential asphalt roof is designed to last about 20-25 years before needing replacement. This is given the average wear and tear associated with living in a temperate climate with standard seasons.

If you haven’t had any work done on it in 20 years, then it’s probably time to get a new one. If you need to be sure, then have a professional roofer come out and examine it. They’ll determine if it needs a complete replacement or if you can go a few more years.

2. Do I Need a New Roof? You Do If There Are Missing Shingles

Asphalt shingles keep water flowing off the roof and into the gutters. They also protect the inner plywood and support beams from water damage. High winds, time and storms can lead to shingles being blown off the roof.

If there are only a few shingles missing, then you can probably get away with replacing them, but if it is a large area or coupled with other issues, then it’s better to replace the entire roof. Telltale signs are shingles found in your yard after a storm and bare areas on the roof.

3. Shingles Are Past Their Prime

We talked about the average lifespan of a roof, but the shingles themselves can lose their effectiveness over time. The constant water running off them can lead to the asphalt coming off. When you clean your gutters, you’ll find asphalt pieces in them.

Shingles that curl or buckle are also past their prime. The constant temperature changes of the season, direct sunlight and regular wear and tear take their toll on the shingles. You’ll need to replace them at the minimum and the entire roof if the damage is extensive.

4. Water Pooling in Certain Areas

The shingle’s job is to keep water off your roof, but if there is pooling because of filled gutters or structural issues, then it can lead to shingle and roof damage. Shingles are designed to run water off, but not to keep pooling from seeping through.

Areas of pooling lead to defective shingles, which causes seepage into the plywood and eventually onto the support beams. Once it reaches the plywood, it can cause rot and you’ll need to replace the roof to find how far the damage extends both outside and inside the home.

5. Leaking in the Home

When the shingles become ineffective, water can seep into the plywood and travel from the support beams to almost anywhere in the home. You might notice brown spots on the ceiling, dripping or sagging ceiling tiles.

A leak in your home means there is roof damage somewhere. The problem is where the leak manifests could be far from where the water gets into the home. Over time, it will rot the plywood and support beams. This can lead to structural problems and eventual roof collapse.

A leak with roof damage usually means a whole new roof.

6. Spongy Feeling on Roof

Your roof can support the weight of an average person without trouble. It’s designed as a support and is firm when you stand on it. If the roof feels spongy or bouncy when you walk on it, then water has seeped into the plywood and its developed wood rot.

You should get off the roof immediately as it may not support your weight. If the rot has progressed where areas of the roof are spongy, then the plywood needs replaced and likely the rest of the roof as well.

It’s more cost-effective to replace the whole roof rather than do a major repair and then replace the roof again a few years later.

7. You Can See Daylight in Your Attic

The roof encloses the entire top of the house and there should be no areas where there is an opening for sunlight to get through. If you go into your attic and see sunlight coming in from the roof, then that area is not protected.

This could be a defective roof, or it could mean there is significant roof damage. You can also check to see if there is moisture inside the insulation, which would come from the roof.

8. Areas of the Roof Sag

One of the consequences of severe water damage to the plywood below the shingles is structural damage. Earlier we talked about sagging ceiling tile caused by the weight of the water it absorbed. The same thing can happen to the plywood.

This is a roofing emergency as you’re near a structural collapse. The wood rot in the area is so severe it’s causing the roof to sag, and it could collapse at any time. You’ll need to have the rood replaced as soon as possible or risk not only replacing the roof but areas of your ceiling as well.

9. Cracked or Broken Shingles

Your shingles take a beating through the years and not all of them will make it through. High winds during storms or just windy days can catch a shingle and rip off a part of it or cause it to crack.

If the damage is limited to only a small area, then you can likely just have that area replaced, but if the damage extends throughout the entire roof, then it would be better to just replace it all.

Don’t Risk a Roof Collapse

Do I need a new roof? If you experience any of these issues, then it’s likely. You don’t want to risk a serious repair cost of the safety of your family if the roof collapses. Contact a professional roofer for an inspection if you have any of these issues.

If you think you need a new roof, then contact us today.