When Do I Know It’s Time to Replace the Roof?

When to know when to replace your roof

You don’t have to wait until the roof starts leaking to think about replacement, but when is the right time? There are several clues to pay attention to as indicators for a new roof. Here’s how to know when you should start getting quotes for roof replacement.

Attic Holes

If the attic has holes, light and water can penetrate. Go into the attic and see if light is visible. Light indicates holes, which can lead to leaks, mold, and mildew.

Gutter Granules

Over time, asphalt shingles lose their granules. The loose granules will often collect in the gutters, where they can clog the downspout. Since losing granules can indicate shingles that are near the end of their lifespan, this is a sign to consider replacing your roof.

Shingles are Damaged or Missing

Shingles protect the roof. When they become damaged or missing, they are unable to do their job. Shingles should be flat against the roof, never buckling or curling. Shingles should not be cracked or torn. While a few damaged shingles can be replaced, if the damage is extensive you may be better off getting the roof replaced.

Flashing is Damaged

If the flashing that surrounds the vents, chimney, or skylights is cracking, water will penetrate the roofing system. Replacing the flashing can help you extend the lifespan of your roof. It can also prevent water damage due to frequent leaks, something that will degrade the roof and necessitate roof replacement in the near term.

Sagging Roof

A roof should be flat, never sagging. If the roof seems to sag or dip, it could be a sign of trapped moisture or rotting boards underneath. Have a roofing professional check this out to be on the safe side.

Roof is Too Old

Roofs tend to last 20 to 25 years, provided they were installed correctly and maintained during their lifespan. If your roof is getting close to the end of its lifespan and you spot one or more of these warning signs, replace it now. This could help you avoid a roofing emergency due to roof failure.

Get a Quote for Roof Replacement

As you begin thinking about roofing work, gather quotes to get a better idea of how much to budget. We at Brandstetter’s Kanga Roof can provide a quote for roof replacement or repair. Contact us today: 513.713.0418