Your roof provides shelter and weatherproofing that’s essential to protect the entire household. The roof is constructed to withstand weathering from temperature fluctuations, moisture, and wind. Today’s roofing materials can last for 20 or 30 years, depending on the type. If your roof is older or has sustained damages, these signs that you need a new roof will help you determine if it’s time for a roof replacement.

Missing Materials Can Be Signs That You Need a New Roof

One of the most obvious signs that you need a new roof is patches of missing shingles. A few missing shingles are an easy fix. However, larger sections of missing shingles mean moisture may enter the home.

Rooftop Discoloration

On a sunny day, examine the roof from the ground. Healthy shingles should give the entire roof a uniform appearance. The color remains the same across the surface. Discoloration means there may be an issue. Microbes in the form of mold and moss may have made a home on your rooftop where they will slowly deteriorate the materials. Discoloration and mold issues can be signs that you need a new roof.

Granules on the Ground

Shingles are made up of different layers of materials. The topmost layer has rough granules, which are tiny particles that add UV and water protection to your roof. As shingles wear down, the shingle granules loosen. A rainstorm might leave your driveway full of tiny pebbles. If you notice large amounts of granules in your gutters or downspouts, a new roof is in order.

Multiple Leaks are Clear Signs That You Need a New Roof

A single leak into the home isn’t a major cause for concern. Patching it will be enough to extend the life of your roof. However, multiple leaks from various sections of the rooftop mean that widespread damage is occurring and are signs that you need a new roof.

Ask a professional to inspect the roof. They’ll assess the damage from the attic’s interior and by examining the roof’s surface. The leaks show which materials are failing on the rooftop and you will be able to discuss a new roof quote or repairs with a roofing professional.

Curled Shingles

Shingles should be flat and laid uniformly to cover a rooftop. If you notice curled edges on multiple shingles, it may be time for a new roof. Curled shingles across a large portion of the roof indicate a decline in the condition of your roofing materials.

Rusted or Damaged Flashing

Transitions between the rooftop’s surface, walls, and penetrations usually require flashing. These metal sections, called flashings, cover the transitions so that moisture doesn’t leak into the home. Although it’s constructed of metal, flashing can rust and age over time.

A professional will examine each transition point to verify the condition of the flashing. When most of the flashing is breaking down, it’s a good bet that the shingles are deteriorating as well.

Garza Inspection Services offers home inspection services in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Contact us to schedule an appointment.