Your roof shields your home from inclement weather conditions, including heavy rain, hailstorms, high winds, extreme heat, heavy snowfall, and more. Unfortunately, it's not designed to last forever. Over time, the elements eventually take their toll on your roof, indicating the need for a roof replacement.
As a homeowner, it's important for you to know the signs that your roof is failing and needs to be replaced. That way, you can start planning for a new roof before your current roof fails completely. Here are some red flags you may spot in the months prior to your roof replacement.
1. Damaged Roofing Shingles
Visible damage to your roofing is one of the most obvious and common signs that you need a new roof. Cracked, broken, curled, or missing shingles are often a result of water damage, hailstorms, strong winds, extreme heat, or old age.
If you walk on top of your roof and find that the roofing material has suffered extensive damage that will be too expensive to repair, it may be best to replace it completely.
2. A Buildup of Granules in Your Gutters
It's completely normal to find debris such as leaves and bird droppings stuck inside your roof's gutter system. However, certain types of debris could point to roof damage. If you start to see an increasing number of granules building up in your gutter, this is an indication that your roof is old and may need to be replaced.
3. A Leaky Roof
A roof leak is one of those roofing problems that is difficult to spot until it happens. If you're experiencing a leaking roof after installing a new roof, chances are high that the installation job wasn't done properly.
However, if you start seeing water stains on the wall and ceiling of your house after several years, it's likely that your roof is failing.
The best way to locate the leak spots is to go up into the attic with a flashlight while it's raining. Water will reflect the light from the flashlight, so bring some chalk along to mark the trouble areas.
If you spot any of the above-highlighted signs of roof damage, you should call in a residential roofing contractor to inspect your roof and establish the extent of damage suffered. Depending on the results of the inspection, the roofer will recommend whether to repair the roof or replace it.
To learn more, contact a residential roofing contractor.