How Do I Know If It’s Time To Get A New Roof?

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Many people don’t put much thought into their roof until some bad weather comes, and it begins to leak. You don’t have to wait until it’s too late to and your roof leaks and ruins valuable possessions. As a homeowner, it is expected that you perform regular checks on your roof at least three times a year, which includes the spring, fall, and winter periods.

With the worsening weather conditions, you need to check your roof more often because because high winds, and hail can cause serious damage to your roof. You should inspect your roof to remove debris from your drains, rooftops, downspouts, and gutters, and while inspecting your rooftop, lookout for signs of damage. To know when it’s time to replace your roof, look out for the following signs:

Signs You Need to Replace Your Roof

  • Inspect your attic

If you suspect that you need a new roof, you need to begin by inspecting your attic. You need to get the proper lighting and climb up into your attic. Look out for beams of light coming through the roof or for leak stains and streaks. This is the first sign that you have a leaky roof that would need changing.

  • Check your home repair paper trail.

There is also a need to evaluate your home upgrading record to see when last you re-shingled or replaced your roof as this state when your roof was installed, what material your rooftop is made of, and the length of its duration. This will give further insight on if the roof needs replacement anytime soon.

  • Inspect your shingles

You also need always to inspect your roof to make sure it’s in the right condition, especially after heavy storms. Your shingles are installed to lie flat against your roof, so if your find patches that are damaged, buckled, cracked, or curled, you may need to call for repairs. 

While also inspecting your shingles, check your downspouts and gutters for shingle granules because a roof that is losing a lot of granules may have come to an end of its lifespan and would need a replacement immediately.

  • Tar Streaking or Algae growth

Another sign to know your roof needs replacement is tar streaking or algae growth around the shingles or roof board. Algae growth and Tar streaking can be caused by bacteria rupturing the weatherproof properties of the shingles. Some companies use limestone as a substitute for other high-cost fillers to reduce the cost of production. These algae slowly eat away the limestone, which causes black streaking around the roof board. Replace such shingles with high-quality products to stop such occurrence from repeating itself.

  • Flash forward

When installing your roof, the roofing professionals usually flash around the chimneys, skylights, and vents to seal the roof’s seams from rain or terrible weather. You have to go around the house to examine each of these points to ensure that there are no leaks. If your home is one of these older homes which have its flashing made from tar or cement, it is recommended that you upgrade to a metal flashing system to ensure your home is protected from leaks.

  • Unwanted houseplants and rot

When you notice some part of your roof becoming droopy or saggy, that is enough evidence to show that your roof needs replacement. Sometimes, the roof may not be saggy, but rather, green moss can start appearing at certain corners of the roof. This is a sign of trouble brewing on the roof. 

When moss appears on your roof board, it is a sign that there may be moisture trapped within the roof, which can cause severe damage to the roof board. You have to examine your roof for signs of trapped moisture or sagging spots or rotting boards, especially at the lowest points, to execute the new roof installation. You can use a stiff brush to remove the gathered moss from your roof’s shaded areas, but you have to be careful so you can address any other underlying problems.


These are the few signs that you need a new roof installation, so if you notice any of them, you may need to get to work immediately. Sometimes you may have a few damaged shingles or notice a bit of leaking that does not mean you’ll change the whole roofing system, especially if the roof is younger than 15 or 20 years old. You can make do with some repairs but, if in doubt, contact roofing professionals.

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