Signs That You Need a New Residential Roof

Is your residential roof leaking, falling apart or need repairs? Most homeowners are uncertain about when to replace their roof. Some may think they need a new roof once they spot a leak in their ceiling or when it starts looking old and worn out. There are many different factors that take place in determining whether your roof just needs a repair or if it needs to be completely replaced. Below are some warning signs that will help determine if your home is in need or a new roof and if you should contact a roofing professional.

Potential Warning Signs:

1. Roof Age

Experts believe that a roof will last between 20-25 years old. There are many different factors that can affect the aging of shingles such as proper ventilation and the layers of shingles. If your roof was not properly ventilated, was installed over several different layers, and is over 20 years old, than you may need a new roof.

2. Shingles Curling and Buckling

This could mean your shingles are past their life expectancy. Curling of shingles can allow rain in and become easily damaged by the wind. If your shingles are curling and buckling there could be a defect in your roof and you should contact a licensed roofing professional and you may be reimbursed.

3. Roof Valleys

Valleys are one of the most important parts of your home's roof. Since rain and snow run through valleys and into gutters, missing shingles that are falling apart in this area most likely is a sign that you need a new roof.

4. Missing Shingles

Loose or missing shingles on your roof can cause leakage. If you are missing shingles it could be a sign that your roof is deteriorating and you should check to make sure all of the shingle "tabs" are in one piece.

5. Cracked Shingles

These are a common cause of roof leakage. If you are experiencing leakage and have cracked shingles, you need to contact a professional roofing company to see if your roof needs a repair, or if you need to replace your roof.

6. Shingle Granules in Gutters

As a roof ages, they tend to lose more and more granules. Check in your gutters to see if they are filled with shingle granules. Also, if you notice that parts of your roof has darker color on some parts, that is also a sign that the granules have worn away.

7. Daylight Through the Roof Boards.

If when walking on your roof you feel that it is spongy or feel like you are standing on a trampoline, your underlying decking is weakened from moisture getting in. You should look in your attic to check for moisture in the insulation and also check to see if there is any daylight coming through the boards.

8. Chimney Flashing

If your chimney flashing has cement or tar attached to it, it may need to be replaced with a long-term, water-tight fitting system that is made up of metal.

There are many signs that you need a new residential roof. If you are experiencing any of these potential warning signs on your home's roof, it may be time for a roof inspection. Contact a Grand Rapids roofing contractor today before it's too late!