curling shingles indicate that time for a roof replacement

Homeowners should understand whether they need roof repairs or a brand new roof. If your roof is aging or if you’ve experienced roof damage due to a natural disaster, you’re probably wondering if it’s time for a roof replacement. The following six signs will help you decide.

1. Age Helps Determine if it’s Time for a Roof Replacement

There are a lot of factors that indicate whether a roof needs to be replaced, and one of these factors is the age of the roofing. A typical asphalt shingle roof will last 20 to 25 years. Metal roofing tends to have a longer lifespan of 40 to 70 years and tile roofs, with proper installation, can last up to 100 years.

2. Previous Roof Repairs

Homeowners can’t rely solely on a roof’s age when determining if it needs to be replaced. Previous damage that has been repaired tends to shorten the lifespan of your roof. If your current roof has shingles installed over the top of your existing roof (called overlaying), this can hide bigger issues that become troublesome over time.

3. Shingles Curling and Buckling

Shingles should lie flat against the roof, but the constant exposure to natural elements like rain, snow, and sun can cause your roof’s components to deteriorate. This results in missing, curling, or buckling shingles. If you find granules from your shingles in your gutters, this is a clear sign that your shingles are breaking down and you need a new roof.

4. It’s Time for a Roof Replacement When Your Roof is Sagging

Check the surface of your roof for signs of trapped moisture, rotting roof boards, or even spots that are sagging. If your roof has started to sag, it means there’s too much weight on its existing structure, likely from moisture and rot. It may feel spongy when you walk on it. This is a warning that your roof is at the end of its useful life.

5. Daylight Can Be Seen Through the Roof

If you see daylight coming through your roof boards in the attic, then water can get in, too. Holes in the roofing and wet insulation mean it’s time to have a professional check the damage and advise whether repairs or replacement is needed.

6. Algae or Moss Growth

The growth of moss, algae, or mold on your roof comes from moisture. Remove any plant growth and inspect for damage underneath. If it goes untreated for a long period, moisture can lead to a bigger, more expensive repairs, or even a total roof replacement.

The above factors can all signify that your roof is at the end of its life. When in doubt, call a home inspector or professional roofing company to assess the damage and help you determine the best course of action for your home.

First Choice Home Inspection provides home inspection services in southern Indiana. If you’re buying or selling a home, contact us to schedule an appointment.