4 Telltale Signs Your Roof Needs Replacing

As a homeowner, it can be difficult to know when your home is in need of repair. The mechanical systems, foundation, and roof all need regular care and maintenance to ensure that they are doing their job effectively. It is confusing, however, to know what to do when you do not have a background in the building trades. Luckily, your home's roof is an open book. You can tell when it is nearing the end of its useful life just by looking at it. 

1. Curling edges: Asphalt shingles are meant to stay flat against the surface of your home's roof. As you stand back and look up at your roof, you may notice the edges of the shingles start to curl up and, possibly, break off. This is a telltale sign that your residential roofing needs to be replaced. 

2. Missing shingles: You may even notice a missing shingle or two. Do not assume that they were displaced due to the severity of a recent storm, however. Asphalt shingles are required to stay put even in winds up to 60 mph or more, depending on what part of the country you live in. The more likely culprit is old age. Shingles become brittle over time and are prone to breakage. 

3. Gravel: Another telltale sign that you need to talk to a roofing expert about replacing your roof is the presence of a fine, gravel-like substance in your downspouts and gutters. The gravel is actually a protective coating that is applied to the shingles before they leave the factory. It is meant to protect them and, in turn, your home from the elements. Over time, however, the rain, snow, and hail that beat down on your roof take a toll on the surface of your shingles and the gravel washes off and into your home's gutter system. 

4. Water damage: Taking a moment to look in your attic can also help you check up on your roof's health. If you notice damp wood, wet insulation, or even standing water, your roof has a leak and needs immediate attention. In fact, if the source of the water infiltration is not found and dealt with, the Federal Emergency Management Agency states that mold could grow in as little as 24-48 hours.  

Keeping an eye on your roof and watching for signs of aging is one of the easier tasks on a homeowner's never-ending to-do list. When you notice any of the above signs, contact a professional about a residential roof replacement. 

For more information on residential roof replacement, contact a professional near you.