A new roof is one of the biggest investments that a homeowner can make. While expensive, it can also be a worthwhile investment if necessary. To figure out if you need a new roof, you need to know the signs of a failing roof.
Keep in mind without the appropriate equipment, such as ladders and flashlights, it can be dangerous to inspect the roof on your own. Additionally, you are more likely to miss a problem. While these are major signs that you need a roof replacement, the opinion of a professional holds the most weight.
Roof inspectors look for six major signs that your roof needs repair. These signs include:
- Loose materials around valleys, vents, chimneys, downspouts and other fixtures
- A lot of loose granules on the roof
- Standing water in the gutters, downspouts and other exits
- Growing mold or rot due to moisture on the roof
- Shingles that are torn, bald, cracked or missing
When checking for mold or rot, you have about 24 to 48 hours before mold begins to appear.
Most people notice the interior signs before they notice the exterior signs of a bad roof. Some signs that your roof is failing include:
- Light shining through the ceiling
- Sagging of the roof deck
- Dark spots on the ceiling that may indicate rot or mold
- Water damage and other leaks through the walls and ceiling
While water damage may indicate a problem that doesn’t require a roof replacement, you need to have a professional’s opinion. He or she can determine the extent of your roof’s damage.
If you’re worried about the age or condition of your roof, the best way to tell if it’s time for a replacement is to have a professional inspection. A contractor can tell you with certainty whether a replacement is necessary. Roof inspections should be performed at least twice a year.