A house’s roof protects the inhabitants and their belongings from the elements. Over time, exposure to sun, wind, and rain cause it to deteriorate. A failing roof leads to leaks and water damage. Here are five signs you need a new roof.

Leaks are Signs You Need a New Roof

Leaks are an obvious sign there is a problem with the roof. You may notice symptoms of water damage in your home. Look for dark stains on walls or ceilings. Sometimes leaks are not easily detected. Inspect the roof from the attic. Check for signs of moisture, including dark spots on the wood or damp insulation. Some leaks only require minor repairs. However, it may be time to replace the entire roof if you have multiple leaks or severe water damage.

Damaged Roofing Materials

Examine your roofing materials and look for missing or damaged shingles. You might notice cracking or warped shingles, or you could see granules in the guttering. These signs indicate the roof is nearing the end of its lifespan and should be replaced.

Age of the Roof

Another sign you need to replace your roof is that it has reached the end of its life expectancy. Depending on the material, a roof can last between 20 to 100 years. Standard asphalt shingles average about 25 years. Wooden shingles can last for up to 30 years. Clay tiles will protect your home for around 50 years, and metal roofing will last between 50 and 70 years.

Ask a roofing professional if you need clarification on the roof’s age. They have the knowledge and experience to estimate the age.

Signs You Need a New Roof: Moss or Algae Growth

If you notice moss or algae growth on your roof, it’s a clear sign of moisture retention. This is particularly common in humid or damp climates. While moss and algae might seem harmless, they can cause damage to your roof over time by trapping moisture and accelerating the deterioration of roofing materials. If left unchecked, moss or algae growth can lead to costly repairs and compromise the integrity of your roof.

Address this issue promptly by removing the moss or algae, improving ventilation, and reducing moisture on your roof.

Patches of Missing Shingles

Patches of missing shingles are an unmistakable sign that your roof needs attention. Whether due to storm damage, age-related wear, or improper installation, missing shingles leave areas of your roof exposed to the elements. These gaps may result in leaks and further damage if not addressed promptly.

If you notice missing shingles, have a professional roofer inspect the roof and determine the extent of the damage. In some cases, replacing individual shingles may suffice, but if the problem is widespread, a roof replacement might be the best solution.

Uneven or Bowing Roof Lines

Sagging or bowing of the roofline is a cause for concern. An uneven roof may indicate structural issues or damage to the underlying support system. The damage could result from excessive weight on the roof, water damage, or poor construction. An uneven roofline compromises the stability of the structure and poses safety risks.

Have a professional roofing contractor assess the situation and determine the appropriate course of action, which may include reinforcing the roof’s structure or replacing it altogether.

Granules in the Gutter are Signs You Need a New Roof

Asphalt shingles sometimes shed granules as they age. If you find an accumulation of these granules in your gutters, it’s a sign the shingles are deteriorating. The granules act as protective layers, shielding the shingles from the sun’s rays. Roofing shingles become more vulnerable to damage and decay when the granules wear off.

Check your gutters regularly for granules, especially after heavy rains. If you notice a substantial loss of granules, it’s likely time for a roof replacement.

Recognizing the signs that you need a new roof helps protect your home. Addressing roof issues can prevent further damage and costly repairs. If you notice signs of a problem, consult a reputable roofing professional. They can assess your roof’s condition and advise on the necessary repairs or replacements.

Drew Inspection Service provides inspection services to homebuyers and sellers in South Dakota. Contact us to schedule an appointment.