Now that your property has weathered another winter and spring, your roof may be showing signs that it’s reaching the end of its life. No one likes to think about roof replacement. After all, it can easily cost $7,000 for a small home and even more if you choose a premium material like tile or metal. While it may not be a pleasant thought, ignoring roof problems is a sure path to more extensive (and expensive) damage to your home. Here are warning signs that you need a new roof or roof repairs.

Signs You Need a New Roof

Unless your roof suffers sudden damage, such as a falling tree, it will give you many signs that it needs to be repaired or replaced. These signs are usually most obvious with shingle roofs, which have a shorter lifespan than metal or tile.

1. Your roof is approaching 20 years old.

Most asphalt shingle roofs last up to 20-25 years, although some premium shingles can last up to 50. While your roof may still last another 5 to 10 years, it’s still a good idea to have it inspected. At this age, your roof may very likely need repairs.

Your roof may last longer than 25 years, depending on the type of material. A tile roof can last up to a century, although individual tiles will break occasionally and need to be replaced. Wood shake roofs can last up to 30 years with maintenance. If you have a metal roof, it could last 40-70 years.

2. You have curling or buckling shingles.

Shingles can curl at the edges or buckle in the middle. Any curling indicates weathering and potential leaks in your roof. Your roof may last another 1-5 years once the shingles start to curl, but remember it’s a sign that your roof is failing and you will need a new roof.

3. You have missing shingles.

Depending on the location of the shingles, you may just need to replace them. If you have missing shingles in the valleys, however, you may need a new roof. The valleys are the most vulnerable areas of your roof because it’s here that rain and melting snow flows to the gutters. When the valley is compromised by missing or damaged shingles, your roof is susceptible to leaks.

4. Your shingles are losing granules.

Safely climb a ladder to get a closer look at your roof and gutters. If your shingles look bald and are starting to lose granules, which you may see in the gutters, it’s a major warning sign that your roof is failing. Once the granules fall off, the shingles will begin to deteriorate quickly and no longer protect your home.

5. Your roof is sagging.

Never ignore sagging, which usually indicates a serious structural problem. This problem may be related to your foundation supports or your roof decking. Depressions or drooping should always be inspected immediately.

How to Extend the Life of Your Roof

There are many ways to extend the lifespan of your roof. Inspect your roof seasonally and after major storms to check for damage and these signs you need a new roof. It’s recommended that you have your roof inspected professionally every 1-3 years to help spot problems while they’re small. Always repair damage as soon as it’s detected. This can stop the problem from getting worse. Make sure your roof and gutters are kept free of debris. Remember that clogged drains can allow water to wick up under the roof and damage the roof deck, your foundation, and the inside of your home.

Home Patrol Inspection Services provides home inspection and testing services to Charlottesville and Central Virginia. We utilize an aerial drone to inspect roofs when necessary, so we can always get a clear and detailed image of any roof. If you have concerns about your roof and need a professional inspection, contact us today.