7 Telltale Signs You May Need a New Roof

Nothing lasts forever, so eventually, you’ll need a new roof. Hopefully, you won’t need to think about a roof replacement for many years. However, if you notice any of the warning signs listed below, the right time to replace your roof may be sooner than you think.

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No. 1: Roof Leaks

Water leaking in is arguably the most obvious sign you may need a new roof — or at least a major repair. Leaks usually start in the attic, and left unrepaired, spread to the rooms below. Water stains and sagging ceilings are indicators of serious roof damage.

No. 2: Saggy Roof

Any type of sagging is a definite cause for concern. Sagging can indicate a structural issue, such as a problem with the deck or a lack of adequate bracing supports. Roofs can also sag as a result of improper attic ventilation.

No. 3: Shingle Damage

Are any of your shingles cracked, curled or buckling? This type of damage can serve as a signal that a new roof is necessary, as it means the shingles are reaching the end of their life expectancy.

No. 4: Missing Shingles

A few missing shingles don’t necessarily mean a roof replacement is necessary. However, depending on how many are missing and where they were originally located, your roof could have severe damage. Missing shingles around the roof’s valleys are typically the most problematic. If you notice any missing from these areas, you may need a new roof.

No. 5: Shingle Granules in the Gutters

Roofing shingles have a fine granular covering that serves as a protective barrier. If you see that your shingles have lost a lot of granules, or you find a collection of granules in your gutter drains, you may need a new roof. Shingles tend to lose more granules toward the end of their life cycles, though some loss may be attributed to storm damage.

No. 6: Moss or Algae on the Roof

Is there moss or algae growing on your roof? You probably need to consider roof replacement sooner rather than later. These moisture-loving plants will only grow in consistently wet areas. If your roofing is maintaining enough moisture to grow algae or moss, you have a big problem. Dark areas on the shingle surface may also mean your roof has some sort of plant growth.

No. 7: Your Roof Is Old

How old is your roof?

Each type of roofing material has its own life span. But if your rooftop was installed over 20 years ago, chances are good that it may be time for a new roof. Your roof may still look good, but looks can be deceiving. An old roof can have unseen structural damage.

If you suspect you may need a roof replacement, get an evaluation from an experienced local roofer to find out for sure. Knockout Roofing offers free inspections to homeowners and businesses throughout the state of Utah. To schedule yours, or for answers to your questions about installing a new roof, contact our Salt Lake City office today.