Ten Warning Signs that it’s Time to Repair or Replace your Roof

Employees standing on a roof and repairing old construction after wind damage

Homeowners can miss the telltale signs that their roof is in need of repair or replacement. While some roofing materials will seem ageless, even after many years, there could be underlying problems that need to be addressed. Let’s take a look at 10 warning signs that your roof is need of repair or replacement.

1. Age

Most roofing experts will tell you that an asphalt/shingle roof will last between 20 and 25 years. However, if your roof was installed on top of an existing roof that is more than 20 years old, it’s definitely time for an inspection because most experts will recommend a total replacement. If your roof is 15 years old, call for an inspection because it might only need small repairs that will keep your home safe, insulated, and could also prolong the life of your roof.

2. Chimney Flashing

Don’t settle for roof cement and/or tar around your chimney or ventilation structures on your roof. Instead, have a trusted roofing contractor install a more water tight and long-term fix, which in most cases is a metal flashing system.

3. Daylight in the Attic

If you’ve gotten to the point where daylight is coming through the roof boards, you’re probably already mopping up after rainstorms. If you have the chance to stand on your roof and it seems rather bouncy as you walk on it, there is a chance the underlying decking has been compromised by moisture.

4. Curling or Buckling Shingles

Shingles definitely have a life expectancy, and they’ll “tell” you when it’s time to retire by curling or buckling. However, this is also a sign that your underlying decking is failing.

5. Bad Valleys

Roof valleys are an important area of your roof because this is where you’ll get a concentration of rain or snow runoff that flows into your gutters. Roof leaks will occur here frequently in older roofs, especially if you’re missing shingles.

6. Granules in the Gutter

If you can see into your gutters and there are piles of shingle granules collecting there, it’s a sign that your shingles are at the end of their life cycle. You should also be able to see this on the actual shingles where you’ll see more dark areas where the granules have worn off, leaving bare spots.

7. Severe Storms

If you’ve had a stormy summer with multiple hailstorms, high winds and torrential rains, your roof could be compromised. Large hail can cause obvious damage, which essentially takes years off the life of your shingles and quite possibly be cause for replacement. Look for random patterns of damage, black/bare spots, granule loss, or exposed roof felt.

8. Moisture, Rot and Mold

Not all wet spots are directly under the faulty shingle. Water will travel downward and drip at its lowest point where it pools. Look for mold or bacteria in your attic as it will generally begin to grow in a day or two after the drip begins.

9. Check All Vents

Dryer, kitchen, bathroom and sewer gas vents, some of which will be on the side of the house, can leak when the materials around them age, crack and peel away. Carefully inspect these areas to see if moisture is getting in.

10. Examine Drainage Areas

Are your downspouts securely attached? Are your gutters pulling away from the side of the roof flashing? Faulty areas on the top of your house can have serious consequences at the foundation of your home.

Don’t procrastinate – call VIS Exterior Corp. today and let us take a look at your roof. We take roofs seriously and have a number of options for residential roofing. We work with the highest quality products, whether it’s a total roof replacement or sealing up old leaks.