4 Signs it’s Time for a New Roof

Neglecting to replace a roof when it is failing can result in costly repairs. The most common issue associated with a worn-out roof is leaking.  Roof leaks can cause damage to ceilings and walls, structural concerns, and mold growth. Below are warning signs you need a new roof.

1. Curling and Missing Shingles are Signs You Need a New Roof

Intense storms and winds can rip shingles off your roof, allowing water to enter the layers below. Heat and moisture can also negatively affect shingles by breaking and curling them over time.

If you see missing shingles after strong winds, contact an expert to determine the extent of the damage. A professional will be able to tell you if it’s okay to replace a few shingles or if you need an entirely new roof.

2. Granules in the Gutters

Don’t worry if you see some granules in the gutters after installing a new roof. It is normal for new shingles to shed some of their granulation. However, if your roof is more than 15 years old, this can be a sign of aging roof materials.

Granules play a significant role in protecting the shingles from the sun. When the granules degrade, the shingles’ quality will deteriorate quickly. Inconsistent coloration is another indication the granules have worn away. Contact a professional when you notice such changes on your rooftop.

3. Damaged Flashing

Flashing plays a significant role in keeping rainwater away from your shingles and out of the home. Look for missing or rusting flashing around vent pipes and chimneys. Missing or damaged flashing can cause water to enter the attic, causing water damage, stains, and mold growth.

4. Signs You Need a New Roof: Moss and Algae Growth

Algae, moss, or mold growing between or on the shingles can be another sign that you need to replace your roof. Although some people like the appearance of moss on the roof, this usually indicates an underlying moisture problem. The presence of moss is not always a sign that you need to replace the roof, but a thorough cleaning is needed to reveal how much damage has been done.

Moss acts as a sponge during a rainy day, absorbing water. It prevents shingles from doing their job of directing rainwater into the gutters. The water in the moss can seep through the layers underneath the shingles, causing mold growth in the attic and water damage.

Robertson Home Inspection provides inspection services to homes in the Piedmont Triad. Contact us to schedule an appointment.