Your home’s roof is a vital part of the structure. Because it is often out of sight, it can be neglected. Catching the signs is essential for knowing when it’s time for a roof replacement. Many roof problems and damages can be repaired. However, here are four signs that you need a new roof.

Water Damage is One of the Signs You Need a New Roof

As shingles crack, break, or are torn off, they leave exposed areas where water can begin to seep inside. As water from a roof leak soaks through, you will begin to see discolored areas on the ceilings or walls. If you notice leaks or discoloration, contact a professional. Not only could the sheetrock collapse, but the water could damage electrical wiring or the home’s structure.

Granules in the Gutters

One of the least pleasant household chores is cleaning out the gutters. It’s messy, time-consuming, and can be dangerous. When you’re cleaning gutters, pay attention to what is in the gutters. It’s not uncommon to see leaves, twigs, and mud, but if you see a gritty, gravel-like material, you may need a new roof.

Shingles are manufactured with layers of granules on top. This helps them withstand UV rays, intense temperatures, and precipitation. As the granules begin to wear away, the shingles become thinner and could soon begin disintegrating. If you see grit in the gutter channels or beneath the downspouts, it might be time to call a roofing contractor.

Signs You Need a New Roof: Missing Shingles

Depending on your home’s design, it can be difficult to get a good look at the roof from the ground level. Homeowners who are not comfortable climbing a ladder may miss the early signs that the home needs a new roof. However, it pays to keep an eye on the condition of your roofing.

After windy weather, look for shingles in your yard. Call a professional to assess the condition of the roof if you find even one. A few missing shingles can be replaced, but the roof should be inspected to verify it’s still in good condition.

Age of Roofing Materials

Your calendar is also a good indicator that it’s time for a new roof. Shingles have an estimated lifespan based on their thickness and quality. They’re rated based on that estimate, which could be 20 years or up to 40 years for certain materials. Regardless of what else you may see going on with your roof, if the time is up, contact a roofing contractor for an inspection.

The roof protects the structure of the house and your belongings from the elements. It must be able to withstand changing temperatures, the hot sun, rain, snow, ice, hail, and winds.

It is important for your roof to be in good condition. Watch for signs you need a new roof and call a roofing professional to assess the situation.

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