Your roof is one of the most important components of your home. It serves both an aesthetic and a functional purpose, and with the right maintenance, it can last for twenty-five plus years. Because your roof is constantly exposed to the elements, you probably expect damage to your roof is inevitable. However, there will always be signs and pointers that suggest that your roof needs repair as soon as possible. If these signs are ignored, the roof may suffer more damage and require a total replacement. 

Below are some of the signs that may provide an answer to the question, “How do I know when to replace my roof?” 

Leaking Roof

During the fall or spring seasons, a leaking roof is easily detectable and it is a major sign that you just cannot ignore. If you notice water droplets in the interior parts of your home, except in the shower, you should get up to the roof and carry out a proper inspection of your roofing system. Don’t forget to inspect your roof from both the inside and outside, this requires you to inspect your roof from inside your attic and from on top of your home.

Missing or Damaged Roof Shingles

Checking for signs of damage to your roofing system also depends on the kind of roof you have. If your roof is comprised of asphalt shingles, which overlap each other, one of the first signs you should watch out for is missing or damaged shingles. If you discover that any of the shingles on your roof are missing or damaged, you should replace them ASAP.

Peeling Wall Paints

Wall paint can also serve as good whistleblowers because the paint begins to lose its original colour due to water that has accumulated from leaks due to a damaged roof. If you notice that your painted walls begin to look different, you should check out your roof and schedule a repair as soon as you can.

Old Roof

Roofs or roofing systems that have been in use for a long time will get worn out and have underlying problems that may require professional attention. If your roof is over 25 years old, you should have a professional complete a yearly inspection and have any concerns addressed right away. It may also be a good time to begin making plans to have your roof replaced. 

Clogged Gutters

Gutters are designed to collect all of the water that comes off your roof and direct this water away from your home versus just allowing it to fall free of the roof and all around the exterior of your home. If you observe that your gutters are frequently being clogged, it could be an indicator that your roof and gutter may need repair or adjustment.

These are just a few of the signs that should trigger you to have your roof repaired sooner than later. If you observe any irregularities in your roof, you can call your local roofing contractor or roofing expert to help you inspect your roof repair any issues found.